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 Cat has nine Lives (A).Cat may look at a King (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cat i’ the Adage (The).
 
The adage referred to is, the cat loves fish, but does not like to wet her paws.   1
       
Letting I dare not wait upon I would,
Like the poor cat i’ the adage.
       
Shakespeare: Macbeth, i. 7.
 


 Cat has nine Lives (A).Cat may look at a King (A). 

 
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