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Learning English with Oxford

Learning English with Oxford is a new blog from Oxford University Press.

So far there are only a few posts. For example, a list of cat idioms:

  1. Be the cat’s whiskers
  2. Raining cats and dogs
  3. Has the cat got your tongue?
  4. Curiosity killed the cat
  5. Let the cat out of the bag
  6. Like a cat on hot bricks
  7. Like a cat that’s got the cream
  8. Like herding cats
  9. Look like something the cat dragged in
  10. No room to swing a cat
  11. Not stand a cat in hell’s chance
  12. Play a game of cat and mouse with somebody
  13. Put the cat among the pigeons
  14. There’s more than one way to skin a cat
  15. When the cat’s away the mice will play

The blog says, “Keep practising these phrases to improve your fluency.” It does not explain why you should memorize 15 obscure idioms that happen to include the word cat.

But perhaps (to use another idiom) people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

By Resource Centre

The Resource Centre at INTO University of East Anglia.