Are you a cat or a dog person? Either way, here are some idioms with cats, which you can use in your everyday English conversations.

  1. Let the cat out of the bag

Reveal a secret.

  1. Has the cat got your tongue?

Used when someone doesn’t give an answer, for example to an awkward question.

  1. Copycat

Someone who copies someone else.

  1. Cat nap

A very short sleep.

  1. Fight like cats and dogs

Fight all the time.

  1. Play cat and mouse

Trying to trick someone into making a mistake so you can defeat them.

  1. It’s raining cats and dogs

It is raining heavily.

Idioms are a great way to make our conversations more interesting. Some are quite easy to understand and others are a bit trickier.

Next time you’re reading, listening or watching something in English, try to note down any idioms and focus on the way in which they are used, for example the tone and what the topic is generally about.