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feel as if a cat has kittened in (one's) mouth

To feel very hungover (with an awful taste in one's mouth). A: "You don't look so good. How are you feeling after your night of partying?" B: "Ugh, I feel as if a cat has kittened in my mouth." A long night of drinking will leave you feeling as if a cat has kittened in your mouth.
See also: cat, feel, if, kitten, mouth

sex kitten

A physically and sexually attractive young woman. With some new clothes and makeup, I bet she would be quite a sex kitten.
See also: kitten, sex

wanton kittens make sober cats

One who behaves wildly in youth often shows more restraint in adulthood. I wouldn't worry too much about your son's interest in partying—wanton kittens make sober cats most of the time.
See also: cat, kitten, make, sober

dust bunny

 and a dust kitten; a turkey's nest
Kg. a clump of dust and lint. She swept the dust bunnies out from under the bed. There's a huge dust kitten behind the chiffarobe. He hasn't cleaned in weeks. There are turkey's nests in every corner.
See also: bunny, dust

have a fit

 and throw a fit
to be very angry; to show great anger. The teacher had a fit when the dog ran through the classroom. John threw a fit when he found his car had been damaged.
See also: fit, have

have kittens

to get extremely upset. My mother pretty near had kittens when she found out I got fired. Calm down. Don't have kittens.
See also: have, kitten

purr like a cat

 and purr like a kitten 
1. Fig. [for an engine] to run well and smoothly. My car really purred after I got it tuned up. New sparkplugs and this old heap will really purr like a cat.
2. Fig. [for a person] to be very pleased, and perhaps moan or purr with pleasure. She was so pleased that she purred like a cat. Sarah really purrs like a kitten when she is happy.
See also: cat, like, purr

*weak as a baby

 and *weak as a kitten
Cliché [of someone] physically very weak.(Also: as ~.) Six weeks of illness left the athlete as weak as a baby. John is as weak as a kitten because he doesn't eat well.
See also: baby, weak

have a fit

also throw a fit
to become very upset or angry My mother had a fit when she saw the mess we'd made.
See also: fit, have

have/throw a fit

to be very angry My mother threw a fit when she saw the mess we'd made.
See fit on the back of a postage stamp, fit the bill, fit to drop
See also: fit, have

have kittens

  (informal)
to become very worried or upset about something She nearly had kittens when I said I was going to buy a motorbike.
See also: have, kitten

a sex kitten

  (old-fashioned)
a young woman who is sexually exciting or attractive
Usage notes: Some women think this phrase is offensive.
All she needs to do is untie her hair and remove her spectacles and she's transformed into a gorgeous sex kitten.
See also: kitten, sex

have a fit

Also, have fits or a conniption fit ; take or throw a fit ; have kittens. Become extremely upset. For example, She'll have a fit when she sees Anne wearing the same dress, or Mom had a conniption fit when she heard about the broken mirror, or Don't take a fit-the car's not really damaged, or Jill was having kittens over the spoiled cake. One can also give someone a fit or fits , as in His dithering about punctuation is enough to give me fits. Fit and fits, along with conniption fit, have been used in hyperbolic expressions to denote a bout of hysterics since the 1830s; throw a fit was first recorded in 1906, and have a fit in 1924; have kittens, alluding to being so upset as to bear kittens, also dates from about 1900.
See also: fit, have

weak as a kitten

Feeble and fragile, as in After that bout with flu she was weak as a kitten. This simile has largely replaced weak as a cat, from the early 1800s.
See also: kitten, weak

have kittens

1. tv. to become enraged. When I heard the news, I had kittens. I was hacked!
2. tv. to laugh very hard; to enjoy something enormously. It was so funny, I had kittens laughing.
3. tv. to be surprised. She had kittens when she heard about the wedding.
See also: have, kitten

purr (like a cat)

in. [for an engine] to run well and smoothly. New spark plugs and this old heap will really purr like a cat.
See also: cat, like, purr

sex kitten

n. a woman with enormous sexual potential. He thought he was getting a sex kitten, but she turned out to be just a plain cat.
See also: kitten, sex