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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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"We thought Smokey's purring was normal at first as we hadn't had a cat in the house before.
BOOK SIGNING: Smokey, the world's loudest purring cat, with Tilly Downes, aged 5.
"We originally started a purring competition in our home town of Northampton to promote the cats charity Cats Protection.
The 12-year-old feline has been entered into a Guinness world record attempt to see if she can become the loudest purring domestic cat on the planet.
"Everyone can yelp well, but purring was my bread-and-butter call in competition, and it's my bread and butter in the woods.
Fauna Communications researchers hypothesize that purring gives these cats an advantage.
POLICE opened the bonnet of their patrol car when the engine started making a strange purring sound - and found a kitten sleeping peacefully.
When Whelan moved her head through Hall's hands, you could almost hear her purring.
Do we benefit from feeling their furry, purring essences?
Hit the button to retract the hardtop and put the XLR in gear--the purring engine howls and rockets you forward.
Many owners also wrongly assumes a purring cat is always happy and smelly breath is normal in dogs.
Babalu gracefully walked around the house, purring and rubbing against Edmundo's legs, and the furniture, thanking them for bringing him out of the bitter cold.
Stunned driver Andy Cowling was about to start work when he was handed his purring passenger.
Also on display were Dean's robotic chair models from the "As Yet Unrealized" series, 1984-2000, and The Robotic Chair, 2000, an animated but realistic short film that shows a simple chair collapsing and then purring itself back together.
"Masters of the Sound" CD or cassette is an instructional recording that includes digitally mastered sounds of hens yelping, cutting, cackling, purring, clucking, and whistling.