a cat on a hot tin roof

a cat on a hot tin roof

One who is anxious and unable to sit still or relax. A: "Why is Carrie pacing?" B: "She's waiting for the doctor to call with her test results, so she's been like a cat on a hot tin roof all day."
See also: cat, hot, on, roof, tin
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cat on a hot tin roof

A Southernism that meant someone who was on edge or nervous. The phrase survives as the title of Tennessee Williams's 1955 Pulitzer Prize–winning drama.
See also: cat, hot, on, roof, tin
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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TENNESSEE Williams's tour de force A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof will be performed at Theatr Gwynedd in the coming week.