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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

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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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Higham: Minkies, Hare's Ear patterns, Cat's Whiskers, Bloodworm, White Fritz Nomad.
Fontburn: Dawson's Olive, Cat's Whisker, Black Fritz Kielder: Clan Chief, Orange Blob Knitsley: Bloodworm, Cat's Whisker, Black and Green Buzzers.
He caught on small Cat's Whisker, Olive Lure and Diawl Bach from the jetty, high bank and moor side.
South Linden: Black Buzzers, Black Cat's Whisker, White Cat's Whisker, Cruncher, Montana, Black Bloodworm
Over the week 48 anglers caught 86 trout, with the top baits being worm and white Power-Bait cocktail, with the top patterns being Dawson's Olive and Cat's Whisker. A further 300 trout have been stocked.
Patterns: Dawson's Olive, Black Buzzer, Orange Blob, Black and Peacock Spider, Cat's Whisker.
Derwent: Dawson's Olive, Black Buzzer, Orange Blob, Black and Peacock Spider, Cat's Whisker.
Alan Pritchard from Hebburn had only one - a fine 14-pounder taken on a Cat's Whisker.
RAINBOWS to 16lb 14oz were caught at JUBILEE LAKES, where black lures, Cat's Whisker, Bloodworm, and brightly coloured Fritz and Zonker have all caught fish.
Langley: Red Diawl Bach, Hare's Ear, Cat's Whisker, Dawson's Olive.
RAINBOWS to 9lb were caught at LOCKWOOD BECK, that one falling to Mark Walker, who caught 15 in a session all on Cat's Whisker fished under an indicator.
Jubilee: Black & Green Lures, Cat's Whiskers, Black Rubber Leg Daddy, Olive Zonker, Damsel, Black Buzzer.
Sharpley: Black/Olive Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Bloodworm, Pinkies, Dinky Doo, Shuttlecocks, Cat's Whiskers, Pennell Nymph.
However, when the winds come and the fish go down deep lures, such as Dawson's Olives and Cat's Whiskers, performed best.
R Martin and J Know from Ashington, fishing Cat's Whiskers, had 37 fish and lost more while Russell Ponton, also from Ashington, safely returned nine, all caught on Sedges.