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cat's pajamas

Something or someone highly enjoyable, desirable, or impressive, especially in a fancy or elaborate way. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Tom's new Cadillac is really the cat's pajamas! Boy, that singer last night was the cat's pajamas, wasn't she?
See also: pajama

the cat’s ˈwhiskers/pyˈjamas

(informal, often ironic) the best person, idea, thing, etc: She thinks she’s the cat’s whiskers.
See also: pyjama, whisker

the cat's pajamas

A terrific thing. This was a nonsensical phrase of the 1920s that meant something worth seeing or having. A similar phrase was the “cat's meow.”
See also: pajama
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The reality star recalled that she visited the company's website, only to find that all the pajamas were sold out.
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The Pajama Program was recently featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show when Genevieve Piturro, the charity's founder and executive director, was recognized for her work.
8220;We sincerely appreciate the thoughtful contribution of footed pajamas by Big Feet Pajama Co.
Jacky is outstanding in her commitment to the Pajama Program," says Genevieve Piturro, executive director.
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