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like a scalded cat

Extremely quickly. He screamed and darted out the door like a scalded cat when I snuck up behind him and gave him a fright. This car's engine is so powerful that takes off like a scalded cat.
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like a scalded cat

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If a person or animal moves like a scalded cat, they move very fast, as though they have been suddenly frightened. Sure enough, within minutes of the train pulling out, Brown was out of that seat like a scalded cat. The Derby winner of that year set off like a scalded cat, and was never caught.
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like a scalded cat

at a very fast speed.
1997 T3 If you're in a desperate hurry you can bury the accelerator…and take off like a scalded cat.
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Now you know how to easily scald a chicken to feather-pickin' perfection.
Although Vegetated and Scald sites were present at both Gunyah and Tarcoola, they were considered sufficiently distinctive to be kept separate when analysed.
Scald Ibis is continually attuned to the miraculous in the mundane: "A born transcendentalist, she excelled at seeing the good in things.
Hot water was the most common cause of scald burns in our study, other causes of scald burns were hot milk, hot oil and curry.
So, leaving your child, even for a moment, in the bath or bathroom without an adult is long enough for a scald to happen.
Suffixes S for 'scald' and V for 'vegetated' will henceforth be used to differentiate between cores taken in the ASS scald or in the adjacent permanently vegetated paddock at the same site.
Hot drinks are the number one cause of scald injuries among young children.
Water between 120 and 130 degrees takes five minutes to scald a baby.
An exhale sometimes triggers a blast of boiling hot water and steam that might scald an area about 1.
If you scald thousands of chickens alive, you're an industrialist who will be lauded for your acumen.
Researchers from America studied 140 children below five years of age who were admitted with scald burns to investigate the mechanism of significant scald burns and to discover insights into prevention, Health News reported.
Cores were taken about 15-20 m into areas identified (with the help of government officers or landowners) as permanent scald or permanent vegetation.