like a cat on a hot tin roof


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be like a cat on a hot tin roof

To be 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."
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like a cat on a hot tin roof

Anxious, restless, or and unable to sit still or relax. A: "Why does Carrie keep pacing around? She's like a cat on a hot tin roof!" B: "She's waiting for the doctor to call with her test results, so she's been totally stressed out." The kids were so worked up with excitement that they were like cats on a hot tin roof all afternoon.
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like a cat on a hot tin roof (or on hot bricks)

very agitated, restless, or anxious.
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cat on a hot tin roof, like a

Skittish, nervous, ill at ease. A similar analogy—“like a cat on a hot bake-stone”—appeared in John Ray’s Proverbs of 1678. It was later replaced by “like a cat on hot bricks,” still used in the mid-twentieth century, but Tennessee Williams preferred the more picturesque “hot tin roof ” for the title of his 1955 play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
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