cat

noun
ADJECTIVE
domestic, family, house (esp. AmE), household, pet
big

She went to Africa to photograph big cats.

feral, wild
alley, stray
pedigree (BrE), pedigreed (AmE)
long-haired, short-haired
calico (AmE), tabby, tortoiseshell, etc.
tom (usually tomcat)
playful
sleek
Cheshire (figurative)

He was grinning like a Cheshire cat (= smiling widely).

fat (figurative)

the fat cats of big business

VERB + CAT
have, keep, own

We have a pet cat called Archie.

feed
pet (AmE), stroke (esp. BrE)
neuter, spay

They didn't want kittens, so they had their cat spayed.

put down

The cat was in constant pain so they had it put down.

CAT + VERB
hiss, mew, miaow/meow, purr, spit, yowl

The cat miaowed pitifully.

There was a cat yowling outside my window last night.

bite (sb), scratch (sb)
creep, pad, prowl, slink

A cat padded silently past.

The cat slunk away into the darkness.

arch its back
crouch
curl up
catch sth, hunt (sth), stalk sth
jump, leap, pounce (on sth), spring
spray (sth)

Cats mark their territory by spraying.

CAT + NOUN
door (AmE), flap (BrE)
food
litter
dander (AmE), hair
lover, owner
phobia
PHRASES
fight like cat and dog (BrE), fight like cats and dogs (AmE)

In our childhood Irina and I fought like cat(s) and dog(s).

play (a game of) cat and mouse

Young car thieves enjoy playing cat and mouse with the police.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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