Throw The Cat Among The Pigeons

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The phrase “cat among the pigeons” is an idiom that usually includes "" or "" the mèo there. It is used to lớn refer to someone who takes some type of action, usually intentionally, that causes a disturbance. In many instances, it refers khổng lồ a disturbance that is violent in nature or a statement or action that causes people khổng lồ become exceedingly angry or alarmed.

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The idiom comes from Britain và refers to the commotion that would ensue were a domestic cát to be released among captive birds. The cát would chase the birds, và the birds would become frightened. The cat would be likely to lớn injure or harm the birds, và there would be a disturbance that could be described using another common idiom, “feathers will fly,” which refers khổng lồ feathers flying through the air when a large flock of birds is suddenly disturbed or frightened.

Idioms are phrases common to lớn a language or culture that are used khổng lồ express an idea using a figurative example. The example is not meant to be taken literally, but because the person hearing the phrase is expected to lớn know what the phrase describes, it is meant to lớn convey a figurative description. For example, a speaker might say, “Revealing the minister’s mistress set a cat among the pigeons.” The speaker doesn’t literally mean a mèo was released among the birds, but is describing the disturbance that likely resulted in the minister’s church once it was revealed that he had a mistress.

As with many idioms still in use, the phrase can be traced to a time when people lived more closely with animals và when the majority of people were involved with agriculture. The phrase likely came into common usage when keeping a dovecote, or dove house, was common in Britain. Pigeons were kept as a food source, & most people would have been familiar with the chaos that ensued if a cát got into the dovecot or if someone intentionally put a mèo in the dovecot.

The phrase has lent itself lớn literary and musical references. Agatha Christie’s 1959 detective novel & Julia Golding" 2006 young adult novel are both titled Cat Among the Pigeons. The British pop band Bros also released a song in 2005 named for the phrase.

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browncoat - I don" know about pigeons, but I bởi know that our cát was bullied by ducks when we spent a few years living on a small farm. She was fairly scared of them too & I don" think they were all that much bigger than a pigeon. I think that back in the day when the phrase was coined, the word pigeon applied to doves as well as pigeons và they probably weren" as big as they are now either. Putting a mèo amongst the pigeons them would have really left the little doves to lớn be picked off one by one. The modern use of the word pigeon refers to lớn the very large rock pigeon most of the time & they are tough birds who might be able lớn take on a small cat. browncoat June 18, 2012
KoiwiGal - Trust me, even if your pigeons were the biggest, baddest birds around, they would be terrified by a house cat & the house cat would almost definitely find the hunter within as soon as it was given the chance. I wouldn" have thought my little cát was any kind of hunter. She mostly likes sleeping in the sun & playing with bits of string. But the other day she managed to bring home a rat almost as big as she was, and you know that a rat wouldn" have gone down without a fight. I can" imagine that a pigeon would bởi any better. The only thing would be if you have a dozen pigeons in one place, they might hurt the cat simply by sheer numbers. KoiwiGal June 17, 2012 I" kept pigeons and while I" never deliberately put a cát among them, obviously, I wonder actually if they could hold their own against the average house cat. My birds were bullies & were willing khổng lồ peck at anyone who wasn" treating them with complete deference. I kept other kinds of birds in the same aviary with them until I realized the pigeons were pulling out the feathers of the other birds. I can" help but wonder if a pigeon might not fight back if a cát went in among them, particularly if it was a house mèo that had no real experience of hunting. Post your comments

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