turn the cat in the pan

turn the cat in the pan

obsolete To betray (someone or something). The phrase is thought to refer to the cooking of a "cate" (an archaic word for a delicacy, such as a cake), which would be turned from one side to the other in a pan. Benedict Arnold was a general in the Revolutionary War. At what point did he turn the cat in the pan?
See also: cat, pan, turn
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