not enough room to swing a cat

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not enough room to swing a cat

Very little or no space; very cramped quarters or proximity. Many families are forced to live in tiny apartments with not enough room to swing a cat. They overbooked the conference, and by the time we were all in the room there wasn't enough room to swing a cat.
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not enough room to swing a cat

Rur. not very much space. Their living room was very small. There wasn't enough room to swing a cat. How can you work in a small room like this? There's not enough room to swing a cat.
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not enough room to swing a cat

Very little space, cramped quarters, as in There's not enough room to swing a cat in this tent. This expression, first recorded in 1771, is thought to allude to the cat-o'-nine-tails, or "cat," a whip with nine lashes widely used to punish offenders in the British military.
See also: cat, enough, not, room, swing

not enough room to swing a cat

tv. very crowded or cramped; [of a room] small, It’s really crowded in here. Not enough room to swing a cat.
See also: cat, enough, not, room, swing
References in classic literature ?
Crupp had indignantly assured him that there wasn't room to swing a cat there; but, as Mr.
Accordingly it was carried out on deck as below there was not enough room to swing a cat.
We practiced in our drummer Billy Gough's garage, full of canoes and mooses' heads; there wasn't enough room to swing a cat, and a name was born.
The book Not Enough Room To Swing A Cat, by Martin Robson, discovers the origins of such phrases and offers surprising explanations.
So the only place a cat could be swung with the force required for the punishment was on deck, as below decks there was, literally, not enough room to swing a cat.
Being one of five children and a triplet, there wasn't room to swing a cat.