No Room to Swing a Cat
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No Room to Swing a Cat


The phrase  ‘no room to swing a cat’ is used to describe a very small or cramped space.

Example in use:  “It’s a cute house, but there’s no room to swing a cat.

Interesting fact

This expression was first recorded in the year 1771, is thought to imply the cat-o'-nine-tails, or “cat,” a whip with nine lashes used at the time to punish felons in the British military.