a cat has nine lives

a cat has nine lives

A cat is able to endure, continue, or survive despite a near encounter with death or disaster because cats have nine lives (according to a common myth). Mr. Pickles has been missing for a few days, but I wouldn't worry about him. Everybody knows a cat has nine lives.
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cat has nine lives

Prov. Cats can survive things that are severe enough to kill them. (You can also refer to a particular cat's nine lives.) Jill: My cat fell off a third-floor balcony and just walked away. How can he do that? Jane: A cat has nine lives. I think my cat used up one of her nine lives when she survived being hit by that car.
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The abracadabra was worn nine days and then flung into a river, in order to see the fairies, one is directed to put nine grains of wheat on a four - leaved clover; nine knots are made in black wool as a charm for a sprained ankle; if a servant finds nine green peas in a peasecod, she lays it on the lintel of the kitchen door, and the first man that enters in is to be her cavalier; to see nine magpies is most unlucky; a cat has nine lives; and the nine of diamonds is known as the Curse of Scotland.