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alley cat

pejorative A person (often a woman) of immoral or promiscuous behavior, especially a prostitute. When speaking of men, "tomcat" (or tom cat; literally, a male cat) is the usual equivalent. I'd be wary of her. She's known around here as a bit of an alley cat.
See also: alley, cat

alley cat

A promiscuous woman; also, a person of loose morals. For example, She's constantly picking up men in bars-a real alley cat. This idiom transfers a stray cat that frequents alleys in search of food to a woman of easy virtue, especially a prostitute seeking customers. [Slang; early 1900s]
See also: alley, cat
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How the scrawny alley cat that snuck in the back door looking for food has added a 13th step to their recovery program.
But Alley Cat Allies, which filed a petition challenging the policy, says the agency does in fact plan to euthanize or even shoot feral cats.
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But Ferrick's a resourceful alley cat of a performer, and the angst she suffers seeps alluringly into her croaky, staccato vocals and percussive acoustic guitar strums.
Alley Cat Skittles specialise in hiring out traditional alleys for use indoors or outside.
While Alley Cat Allies works diligently to prevent overpopulation of stray and feral cats by working closely with their caretakers, veterinarians and rescue and control organizations, we must protest them being made scapegoats for the loss of wildlife that we ourselves have caused.
Do not go too near Mary tramp of squalor vending her dank odours like some alley cat.
The stories center on Archy, a philosophical cockroach who types messages to the author in lowercase letters (being unable to activate the shift mechanism), and Mehitabel, a free-spirited alley cat whose motto is "toujours gai.
Perhaps in caveman days, saber-toothed tigers left Toxoplasma oocysts in the environment--then attracted cavemen to dinner like rats to an alley cat.
If the morals of an alley cat exist in the boardroom then you can't expect players to be leaders and virtuous on and off the pitch
The simple fox trot won the Grammy for best rock and roll record of 1962, beating Sam Cooke, the Drifters and Mary Wells, and even inspired a dance craze (Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser did the Alley Cat on an episode of ``Mad About You'').
Nonsense, counters groups such as Alley Cat Allies, a national feral-cat organization that maintains habitat destruction--not cats--is a far bigger problem.
Alley Cat Information Sciences (New York) has suspended publication of Alley Cat News, the five-year-old title that covered the high-tech and new media industries in New York City.