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Trivia Question--swing a cat

Discussion in 'Know Before You Go' started by andrea, May 4, 2001.

  1. andrea

    andrea Guest

    How did the term "there's not enough room to swing a cat" originate? I'll post the answer tomorrow evening.

    andrea
     
  2. Lisa

    Lisa Guest

    Does it have something to do with not enough room to swing a whip (a cat'o'nine tails?)
     
  3. Seawall

    Seawall Guest

    Small space, not enough room to swing a cat's tail in a tent.
    Just my Google guess. lol
     
  4. Priscilla

    Priscilla Guest

    The cat in this case is the cat-o'-nine-tails -- a particularly painful type of whip used to administer punishment (usually
    referred to as "a taste of the cat") aboard ships. Such punishment was always meted out on deck; below, there was not
    enough room to swing a cat-o'-nine-tails.
     
  5. Raven

    Raven Guest

    If I answer it the way I want to, the Humane Society will be after me.....LOL.
     

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