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cat's pajamas

Something or someone highly enjoyable, desirable, or impressive, especially in a fancy or elaborate way. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Tom's new Cadillac is really the cat's pajamas! Boy, that singer last night was the cat's pajamas, wasn't she?
See also: pajama

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

the cat's pajamas

A terrific thing. This was a nonsensical phrase of the 1920s that meant something worth seeing or having. A similar phrase was the “cat's meow.”
See also: pajama
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The local Salvation Army is beginning an initiative to collect and give new pajamas to every child whose family is on their holiday distribution list.
The reality star recalled that she visited the company's website, only to find that all the pajamas were sold out.
She and her agents not only went above and beyond with collecting pajamas themselves while rallying the community to join in their effort, but they also made it a point to attend my annual Holiday Party so they could meet with the actual children and families they were supporting."
Our friends brought pajamas to donate to The Pajama Program this year.
Their unique brand of comedy which requires no more than their pyjamas and an endless assembly of voices has consistently wowed audiences and critics wherever they've Pajama Men played over the past few years and they've built up an ever growing army of enthusiastic fans.
remember when you were a child how comforting it felt to put on a clean pair of pajamas and climb into bed with a good book?
An elderly man was quoted as protesting, "Pajamas are a legitimate type of clothes.
The curtain goes up on the Pajama Game at 7.30pm each evening.
The Pajama Game is a lively romp of love and strikes in the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Pajama Sam in There's No Need To Hide When It's Dark Outside joins Putt-Putt, Fatty Bear and Freddi Fish in Humongous Entertainment's award-winning Junior Adventure line of Windows and Macintosh CD-ROMs for children ages 3 to 8.
title, A Gross of Pyjamas), based on his experiences as a supervisor in a pajama factory in Dubuque.
(NYSE:TGT) department-store chain is recalling roughly 560,000 children's pajama sets due to a flame hazard.
The real estate power couple are active volunteers with the Pajama Program (, they delivered over 200 pairs of pajamas to the children living at the orphanage.
Sharon Whalen, a new Tiger Cub leader with Pack 109, is a longtime friend of the woman who has come to be known as the Pajama Lady.
Gig Harbor, WA, October 24, 2014 --( Big Feet Pajama Co, the premiere manufacturer of footed pajamas for men, women and children, today announced that they have donated over 200 footed pajamas to the Gig Harbor-based charity, A Place Called Hope.