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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

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

purr

verb
References in classic literature ?
And I just love to do folks' hair," purred Pollyanna, contentedly.
Sirs," purred Mackenzie, "yon's how he got up from below
Cameron was heard saying that the Queen purred with joy after Scotland voted against independence.
Q: My cat Leo is two and to this day has never purred.
I knew my cat purred loudly and I suggested a purring competition to raise money and awareness," Ruth said.
In fact, the babblers that purred and fluttered a lot were the most likely to lose weight by the time chicks fledged.
During the show, Staar tap danced, played the cymbals with her thighs and purred as she talked about her too-numerous-to-count sexual conquests.