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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
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Sam, the tailless kitten, was rescued by Wags and Purrs, and he is now recovering and will soon be ready for adoption.
Visitors to The Pet Show at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, will have the opportunity to hear Smokey's amazing purr for themselves while she signs copies of her book with a special paw rubber stamp.
Merlin's purr is rated as loud as a classroom of chattering children, a London Underground train, or the sound of a car horn 25ft away, the Mirror reported.
While most cats purr at around 25 decibels, Smokey has been recorded at an average of 80 decibels.
In the meantime, if you are lucky enough to have a cat or two curl up next to you and purr, they are sharing the feline brand of vibrational healing.
With purring being the normal mode of communication for a happy cat, researchers from The Centre of Mammal Vocal Communication at the University of Sussex found the 'gimme food' purr is much more highpitched.
When a cat purrs is can often mean it's depressed or suffering from stress.
The rescued cat at Wags and Purrs Group in Abu Dhabi.
Eklund has recorded countless cat purrs, and found that domestic cats purr at between 20.
Alison Woosnam believes the loving nature and deep purrs of her Norwegian forest cats had an enormous therapeutic effect on her.
On the question of the sacred institution of gratuitous slasher-film nudity, Wolfe purrs, "Well, I wouldn't say gratuitous.
But on a weekend break Chardonnay slips into a catsuit, brandishes the whip and purrs to husband Kyle: "Shush, naughty boy, or I'll put you over my knee.
Rangers superstar Paul Gascoigne reckons Jonas Thern is such a good player he calls him Rolls Royce - because he PURRS in midfield