nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs

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Etymology[edit]

More elaborate form of nervous as a cat. Implication is that cat is afraid of its long tail being caught under a rocker.

Adjective[edit]

nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs

  1. (simile) Extremely nervous.

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