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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 whiskers


the cat's pyjamas

If you describe someone or something as the cat's whiskers or the cat's pyjamas, you mean they are the best person or thing of their kind. She had this great dress on with huge skirts, and she thought she was the cat's whiskers as she walked into the room. We critics variously declared the show brilliant, the cat's pyjamas, breathtaking, and unmissable. Note: These expressions were originally American and became popular in Britain during the 1920s. `Cat's whisker' was also the name of a fine wire in a crystal wireless receiver.
See also: whisker

the cat's whiskers

an excellent person or thing. informal
Other similar phrases include the cat's pyjamas and the chiefly North American the cat's miaou .
See also: whisker

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
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Imagine going home, slipping into the comfiest pair of pyjamas and still looking hot enough to run out in the middle of the night.
As the winter nights get colder and darker, the thought of lounging around the house in warm and cosy pyjamas becomes more enticing, and during the holidays, you'll be hardpressed to find a reason why you can't stay in them all day long.
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Mr McGuinness hasn't banned pyjama wearing mums from St Matthew's PS in the Short Strand area of east Belfast, because EU laws prevent him - but he said he hasn't received any complaints from parents since the bulletin was issued.
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Wally has now reluctantly accepted that the cherished pyjama bottoms are lost for ever.
His mum has now started a campaign to close the loop-hole in the law which means that while nightdresses and dressing gowns have to be flame-resistant, pyjamas have been exempt.