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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 whiskers

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

the cat's whiskers

or

the cat's pyjamas

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you describe someone or something as the cat's whiskers or the cat's pyjamas, you mean they are the best person or thing of their kind. She had this great dress on with huge skirts, and she thought she was the cat's whiskers as she walked into the room. We critics variously declared the show brilliant, the cat's pyjamas, breathtaking, and unmissable. Note: These expressions were originally American and became popular in Britain during the 1920s. `Cat's whisker' was also the name of a fine wire in a crystal wireless receiver.
See also: whisker

the cat's whiskers

an excellent person or thing. informal
Other similar phrases include the cat's pyjamas and the chiefly North American the cat's miaou .
See also: whisker

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
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PARTY - children played indoor games in their pyjamas
Mr McGuinness hasn't banned pyjama wearing mums from St Matthew's PS in the Short Strand area of east Belfast, because EU laws prevent him - but he said he hasn't received any complaints from parents since the bulletin was issued.
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Wally has now reluctantly accepted that the cherished pyjama bottoms are lost for ever.
And for the first time, this year's event will also include the Great Pyjama Caper in aid of the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
His mum has now started a campaign to close the loop-hole in the law which means that while nightdresses and dressing gowns have to be flame-resistant, pyjamas have been exempt.
Steve Tansey had gone for a pint at The Bobbin, in Milnrow, near Rochdale, Lancs, after pulling on a pair of tracksuit bottoms over his striped pyjamas.
Janet Griffin (right) with (front) Jacqueline Biggs and (from left) Teresa Tunney, Rosemarie Hemmingway, Jackie Clay and Eileen Harper, in their nightwear to promote the hospice's Pyjama Day later this month.
PYJAMAS have always been the cosiest thing to wear to bed,and have also become a popular gift item to give and receive.
Karen adds: "We feel really privileged to be a small part of this, as Pyjama Party Liverpool belongs to all of us, those who follow us on social media, offer to be collection points and of course donate pyjamas.
Another hapless female heroine who has helped to boost pyjama sales all over the world is Ally McBeal.
Donna Thomson took over last year's Pyjama Party campaign, and has already hit last year's target.
For one night only Glam, in Stockton, urged their guests to turn up in their PJs for a special pyjama party.