the cat's pajamas

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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 pajamas

A terrific thing. This was a nonsensical phrase of the 1920s that meant something worth seeing or having. A similar phrase was the “cat's meow.”
See also: pajama
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Evening's entertainment will be The Cat's Pajamas at the main stage, and Tennessee Borderline will be the nightly entertainment in the beer tent, to round out the festivities.
at The Cat's Pajamas & Safe as Houses Broadway Books / University of Iowa Press
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at the Cat's Pajamas, the debut novel by One Story editor Marie-Helene Bertino, chronicles the ordinary moments that add up to one memorable day in the lives of Madeleine and those around her.
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The next day, upset and crying, Sparks went to see a friend, who pulled out a copy of the previous day's Register-Guard that profiled The Cat's Pajamas Rescue, a private shelter run by married couple Tamara Barnes and Kirk Bissell.
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The phrase dates from 1920s America when it was fashionable along with "the cat's whiskers", "the cat's pajamas", "the eel's ankle", "the elephant's instep", "the snake's hip" and others.
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In fact, the couple put their money where about 70 mouths are - they feed and house that many cats and kittens in their own personal animal shelter, which they call The Cat's Pajamas Rescue.
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