Cats have nine lives

Idiom

Cats have nine lives

Definition

A phrase that means cats are incredibly lucky, resilient, and hard to kill.

Examples

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t catch the cat – they really do have nine lives!

My cat managed to survive that fall – they must have used up one of their nine lives!

Origin

The origin of this idiom is somewhat unclear, but the phrase dates back to the 1600s and could be derived from ancient folklore.

Faqs

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Is this phrase literal?

answer

No, it is not literal.

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Does this phrase refer to any type of animal?

answer

No, it only refers to cats.