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purr like a cat

1. Of an engine, motor, or other piece of machinery, to run very smoothly and efficiently (often signified by a smooth, rich humming noise, not unlike that of a cat's purr). Once get this carburetor repaired, this old car is going to purr like a cat again. I just replaced the motherboard on my PC and installed a bunch of new RAM—now it's purring like a cat.
2. Of person, to sigh, hum, or moan with contentment or pleasure. The kids purred like cats as they ate their ice cream cones. I know a few tricks that will have your partner purring like a cat.
See also: cat, like, purr

purr like a kitten

1. Of an engine, motor, or other piece of machinery, to run very smoothly and efficiently (often signified by a smooth, rich humming noise, not unlike that of a cat's purr). Once get this carburetor repaired, this old car is going to purr like a kitten again. I just replaced the motherboard on my PC and installed a bunch of new RAM—now it's purring like a kitten.
2. Of person, to sigh, hum, or moan with contentment or pleasure. The kids purred like kittens as they ate their ice cream cones. I know a few tricks that will have your partner purring like a kitten.
See also: kitten, like, purr

purr like a cat

 and purr like a kitten 
1. Fig. [for an engine] to run well and smoothly. My car really purred after I got it tuned up. New sparkplugs and this old heap will really purr like a cat.
2. Fig. [for a person] to be very pleased, and perhaps moan or purr with pleasure. She was so pleased that she purred like a cat. Sarah really purrs like a kitten when she is happy.
See also: cat, like, purr

purr (like a cat)

in. [for an engine] to run well and smoothly. New spark plugs and this old heap will really purr like a cat.
See also: cat, like, purr

purr

verb
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Cameron gave the comment during his visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly."She purred down the line.
"Forget about the tries, " purred O'Sullivan, "what about that pass?"
The PM boasted to billionaire media tycoon Michael Bloomberg about how Her Majesty "purred" with pleasure when he told her the referendum result.
DAVID CAMERON was caught on camera claiming the Queen "purred" down the line after he informed her Scotland had not voted for independence.
Q: My cat Leo is two and to this day has never purred. His mum rejected him when he was born and he had to be hand fed.
Levein purred: "I have like him since he arrived - we just need to get him fit.
He was ever so well behaved in the car on the way there; he didn't cry, he didn't scratch at his fluffy blankie, he just sat and purred as I talked to him about how this was just going to be a simple check-up procedure and how he might have to have some medicine for a bit to make him better.