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Positioned diagonally from someone or something. This phrase can be used as an adverb and an adjective. Primarily heard in US. No, you know Mr. Lewis—his house is catty-corner to ours.


1. Crooked or out of alignment; askew. Your tie is all cattywampus. Here, let me fix it for you.
2. Situated diagonally from someone or something else. No, you know Mr. Jones—his house is cattywampus to ours.

dead cat bounce

A sign that something is healthy or recovering, when in fact the thing is already on its way to ruin, collapse, or stagnation. Used particularly in reference to financial issues. (Based on the figurative notion that a dead cat will still bounce after a large fall.) Analysts are warning investors that the sudden spike in the currency's value is a dead-cat bounce, a natural and predictable rally after a heavy sell-off.
See also: bounce, cat, dead
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mod. with only a slight bounce. (See the explanation at deadcat bounce. Securities markets.) We expected the stock to go up a lot today, but the increase was no better than dead-catty.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Catties chief executive David Postings said the measures, which will deliver savings of around pounds 40m, were designed to strengthen the business in the current uncertain funding environment.
The funding issue is particularly frustrating for Catties, which sees the credit crunch as an opportunity as both small firms and consumers go in search of alternatives to the high street banks.
Catties, which is a specialist lender in the sub-prime market, said credit quality remained within "reasonable tolerances" and had no bearing on its announcement yesterday
Catties increased its direct repayment customers by 49,000 in the first half of the year to 458,000.
Catties said its consumer credit division increased profits by 26.8 per cent to pounds 56.2 million, achieved through strong growth in loan volumes and customer numbers.
The average advance to direct repayment customers was pounds 4,100, an increase of pounds 300 on a year earlier as Catties benefits from new systems enabling it to more closely match a customer's needs to appropriate loan amounts.
The new funding line means that the company no longer has to wait 60 days or more for payments and, via Catties Invoice Finance, can access up to 80% of the value of an invoice within 24 hours, taking the pressure off the management.
Martine Catton, Catties Invoice Finance associate director, said: "Being named one of Wales' top female entrepreneurs by Shell Livewire, it was evident that Rhian had great business acumen.