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Donald Trump is a real _______.  He has more money than he needs!

I got a new car, so my sister had to get a new car too.  She's such a ______!

Why aren't you saying anything?  __________________?

I can't wait to get indoors.  It's _______________ out here.

I'm going to take a _______ before my test this afternoon.  I didn't sleep at all last night.

Who let the _____________?  Dad's birthday party was supposed to be a surprise.

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189 Comments on “English Idioms – ‘Cat’”

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really good to use pics…thank you Alex you really great

Friday, July 9th 2010

good job, and best

Friday, July 9th 2010

Thank you,very helpful! Could you please do more videos obout idioms or may be slang? Very interesting topic!))thanks!

Friday, July 9th 2010

    I will be doing more idiom lessons in the future, and you can check out the ones that are already on the website as well.

    Friday, July 9th 2010

      thank you very much teacher . I really dicovered many new ways to deal with my grammatical errors, after I watched your videos . I need you advice about how can I improve my english to meet the academic studies.I am a native arapic speaker and I hadn`t the opportunity to learn the english language, only before frew moths . Thank you in advance

      Saturday, July 10th 2010

      Thank you,very helpful! Could you please do more videos about idioms or may be slang? Very interesting topic!))thanks!

      I will be doing more idiom lessons in the future, and you can check out the ones that are already on the website as well.

      Perfect use of the idiom!

      Sunday, July 11th 2010

      and best

      Thursday, July 15th 2010


      Tuesday, July 19th 2011

      hello i m beginner so i want lesson for grammar starting on tense or i want all grammar lesson sequence by.

      Plz Reply

      Tuesday, January 3rd 2012


    Tuesday, July 13th 2010


    Thursday, July 15th 2010

Thank you,very helpful! Could you please do more videos obout idioms or may be slang? Very interesting topic!))thanks!

Friday, July 9th 2010

very nice teching and very magic way …
I gained so many benefits from you …
Thank you and I respect you…

Friday, July 9th 2010

Thanks a lot Alex that is a magnificent lesson . God bless you and God bless the United States of America .

Friday, July 9th 2010

Great I didn´t know about it??

Friday, July 9th 2010

thanks for the lesson now i´m going to take a cat nap and have a dream about the lesson jeje …………… no,i´m not

Friday, July 9th 2010

    Perfect use of the idiom!

    Friday, July 9th 2010

      Dear Sir,
      i need your email as i could approach you via email. please i have some queries regarding ” to understand and develop sense sentence” please Let me know i will be thankful to you. My id is udessee@yahoo.com

      Friday, July 16th 2010

      I just found out about this website, i’m a brasilian student of english..and i really think that engvid will help me a lot from now on…
      I spend so much time studying here..that i won’t even hav time 4 a catnap…:)
      Thank you..congratulations for the very good job

      Saturday, October 30th 2010

Very simple and effective presentation, that is all I need. Thanks for such a great job!!!

Friday, July 9th 2010

thanks a lot, need some more idioms please. Thats gr8…!!!

Friday, July 9th 2010

Now, English is very easy, cat’s out of the bag.

Friday, July 9th 2010

hello sir how r u??
could u explain me where to use the will shall+3rd verb and have been ,has been ,had been without giving specific time…..plz sir mail me if u can

Saturday, July 10th 2010

yesterday when i was taking a cat nap i heared some sounds and i opened ma eyes and saw outside then the cat’s out of the bag that it was raining cat and dog outside…..
hehehhehehhehe ….check it out sir

Saturday, July 10th 2010

i a copy cat of alex sir

Saturday, July 10th 2010

Great!It was very interesting and useful!Clear for understanding and easy for improving my English!Thank you very much

Sunday, July 11th 2010

really useful ones…thx very much)))

Monday, July 12th 2010

klk manito

Monday, July 12th 2010

thank u m alex i hope u teach us more and more thanks byeeeeeeeee

Monday, July 12th 2010


Tuesday, July 13th 2010

really beneficial
many thanks sir

Tuesday, July 13th 2010

Hi Alex, glad to meet you again ! Good Lesson and I feel that I’m improving my english ! Thank you !

Tuesday, July 13th 2010

Hi Mr.Alex,
what does ESL mean?

Thursday, July 15th 2010

Thank You Alex.. Thank You very much for your wonderful class and pls pls pls teach us more idioms

Thursday, July 15th 2010

It’s very good. Thank you Alex for this short lesson. I hope to have a lot of usefull idioms.

Friday, July 16th 2010

thank you because you have made me more smoothly in the English language once again thank you. If possible, you do that again is the best!!

Friday, July 16th 2010

I will always place your comment, if you have more fun.

Friday, July 16th 2010

heyya Alex, I really love the way you’re teaching!! Pls, more idiom lessons! I love all of them! I’m so glad finding this website! I learn a lot of stuff from all of you! Tanx! You all do a great job!

Saturday, July 17th 2010

That was just a great lesson! :) I liked it so much! I’ve just remembered a expression involving cats: “The curiosity killed the cat”. It is easy to guess the meaning!! :) :)

Sunday, July 18th 2010

You all do a great job!

Tuesday, July 20th 2010

Dear Sir,

Gud Afternoon !!!

How have you been? I hope you doing well…

I want small favor from you sir, Will you pls check these sentences and let me know whether correct or not and if you find any grammatical mistakes means kindly inform to me by mailing than only I came to know that what mistakes i did….

This sentences reg asking information for events:

I saw your ad in LikedIn that your going to contact a event called Tradeshow/Convention in Chennai city center on 23rd July 2010…. Let me know more details about this event because one of my friend doing a courses in multimedia & I want to know that this event is useful for him or not kindly suggest me sir and let me know whether registration is free or not……..

This sentences reg asking tips from beautician:

How have you been mam ? I hope your doing good. I am sujitha from Chennai, I heard that your giving some useful tips for hair growth, glowing skin, to maintain the body etc etc….. One day before only i did softening for my hair will you pls suggest me how to maintain my hair mam & I’m having oily face because of that im getting pimples and my face look like so dull and dark will you help me to glow my face skin while giving some suggestions… Moreover I read “THE HINDU” newspaper that u suggested this paste ( Multani mitti with lemon juice & rose water into a paste) for oily skin so im following that for weekly twice or thrice other than this any other remedies is there mam to glow my face skin…………

Thank you.Awaited for your reply.


Wednesday, July 21st 2010

hi.I’m come from Vietnamese, I need to speak english well. can you help me, please? I hope you rely soon. thank you very much.

Saturday, July 24th 2010

well done sir.

Sunday, July 25th 2010

Could you send me your Email to contact you via Email because I have alot to tell you and I need you advice to help me speak English .

Sunday, July 25th 2010

I have 6/6 points in the test! Your lesson was great – thanks a lot Alex!

Sunday, July 25th 2010

Dear Mr.Alex

You are really doing a great job.
Please give me full video file (All in one)if u have

Monday, July 26th 2010

very good lesson .Thanks very much sir

Wednesday, July 28th 2010

Very clear. Thank you very much.

Friday, July 30th 2010

Hey thank you for these idioms and explanations…You know I loved this one most – ‘Cat’s got your tongue’.In my country(I’m from Armenia) when someone doesn’t speak when he should do we say ‘Did you gulp your tongue’.


Sunday, August 1st 2010

Hey dear Alex ! My name is Ricardo Alessandro, I am from Brazil. i have been working as an English teacher for a year , but ever since I started taking English class through your videos in the internet my knowledge has gotten improved , I wish I was to be there and learn from you personaly , it ‘d be a pleasure perhaps someday … one never knows anyway Thank you very much for being this teacher keep on making those videos because for sure you will have your reward and before finishing this comment I just want you to know that I am doing a workbook based in the lessons from the engvid.
Hugs from your pupil ! xo xo xo .

Sunday, August 1st 2010

Hi Alex!
Thanks for your lesson your explanation always is clear as a bell.

Sunday, August 1st 2010

thx ALEX so much,great effort ..

Monday, August 2nd 2010

THX for useful video

Saturday, August 7th 2010

thank you so much for your lessons sir my aim is to arrive quikly to understand to native speakers befor wasn’t easy but now…. i’m so greatful.

Saturday, August 7th 2010

thank you so much for your lessons sir my aim is to arrive quikly to understand to native speakers befor wasn’t easy but now…. i’m so greatful.

Saturday, August 7th 2010

I only can say:”It’s really clear, very very easy to understand and use… ”
Thanks a lot mr Alex!

Sunday, August 8th 2010

I’m a copy cat. That’s why i m leaving my comment.

Sunday, August 15th 2010

very good job. I wish you to continue the same. thank you

Sunday, August 15th 2010

Hello Alex, I´m writing from Argentina, in spanish we use similar idioms but instead Big Cat we use Big Fish, and Mouse´s got your tongue. Excellent videos to improve and refresh my english! Great job and thanks a lot.

Sunday, August 15th 2010

thanks, alex~ thouse are really useful.
im in trouble with speaking English nowadays.
i have learned at school for 1 years and have been in usa in 7 years now. i have been working as a manager for 3years and most of clients are native American.
so i felt like i become a part of American. but
after losing job, and i just fool around at home for 1 year now. and i just lose my sense of English. i never expect like this.
i feel so miserable. maybe i wasn’t born here.
actually i came here when i was 25years old.

so i start again to get my confidence of English.

thanks for good instructions~

Wednesday, August 18th 2010

Good lesson,thank you very much

Friday, August 27th 2010

thanks alot

Monday, August 30th 2010

it is the first time that i wacht your web is it great i am studing esl so i hope that it great to learn most easy thanks everybody.

Friday, September 3rd 2010

hey 알렉스 ㅋㅋㅋ

Monday, September 6th 2010

Gorgeous Alex. We look forward for more adiom and slang lessons. I have got 100 in Quiz

Wednesday, September 8th 2010

Hi Alex,
This lesson was comprehesible and good.But one thing is very funny was idiom Raining CATS and DOGS.It meant to me like this that if cats and dogs will fall in form of rain then there will be so much cats and dogs that if people will kill to extinct them they will not.Well, thanks for lecture on idioms and quiz.I’ve got 98% marks.

Friday, September 10th 2010

hi teacher i want to ask u about this idiom fat cat .if i said he is a fat cat man that is mean he is rich but he use his money in bad things

Friday, September 10th 2010


Saturday, September 11th 2010

Dear Sir
I always keen to see and learn your lesson. Your style of teaching intrigue me a lot.You seem to me very unpretentious and amiable.Thanks a lot.

Monday, September 13th 2010

I really enjoy this lesson

Friday, September 17th 2010

very good.

Thursday, September 23rd 2010

I really enjoy this Lecture thanks so much

Tuesday, September 28th 2010


Thursday, September 30th 2010

That’s great!!!

Tuesday, October 5th 2010

Hi ,Thank`s for this ,but when we speak we prefer to use one word instead of these idioms so I`ll add other one(When the cat is away the mice play)It means confusion or anarchy

Friday, October 15th 2010

Dear Alex;
really you have done a great job! I really try to understanding the idioms by using in english language. Thanks Alex, you are a great teacher on webinor.

Wednesday, October 27th 2010

Hi, Alex! How are you? I hope you are well.
Your explanations for the idioms related to cat are so crystal clear that I could fully understand and could get all the questions right. Thank you for your great effort to make the useful video.

From One of your big fans.

Tuesday, November 2nd 2010

Thank u sir for this beautiful lesson.The cat effects are really good…& i must say that nobody can copy cat your excellent teaching…

Tuesday, November 9th 2010

could you pls use the idiom “cat`s got your tongue” in a couple of exaples?
and if someone`s silent could i say the idiom in this way that ( has the cat gotton your tongue), is that correct?

Wednesday, November 10th 2010

    no one is going to answer me?

    Monday, November 22nd 2010

      Here’s an example:
      Alan: “I hate your ugly face.”
      Mary: “…”
      Alan: “What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?”
      Mary: “I hate you. I hope you die horribly.”

      Technically, you could ask “Has the cat gotten your tongue?”. but this idiom is not very formal, so we usually wouldn’t use it in such a formal way.

      Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

        :-D! Hi Mr EngVid! I think your examples are always quite terrifying!!!

        Monday, May 23rd 2011

thank you very much
I am enjoying with you

Thursday, November 25th 2010

now i m understanding idioms, so finally cat out of the beg :)

Saturday, December 11th 2010

it’s great lesson! cats would definitely like it!

Sunday, December 19th 2010

I am a cat lover…..
Whatever.. I enjoyed the idioms and I am going to use them to impress my friends and family.
See ya.

Sunday, December 26th 2010

I’ve got em all!

Sunday, December 26th 2010

very good topic and we need you to make another idioms videos cause its very interesting and thank you

Tuesday, January 4th 2011


    Thursday, August 18th 2011

nice lessons with good illustrations. Good job.

Sunday, January 9th 2011

Thank you for your very delighting lesson. I’ve got much interesting information.
However, I think it would be more informative for me if you tell something more about the etymology. For example, I wonder why “cats” and “dogs” are used rather than other ones in “raining cats and dogs”. It may be not important to understand the idiom at all, but for me – an EFL learner – it sounds very interesting.
Thanks again.

Monday, January 10th 2011

thanks ALEX ………..

Monday, January 17th 2011

its so helpful n knowledgeable.thanx.expecting more of the good job.

Tuesday, February 15th 2011

thank you for this lesson!These idioms are very helpful. Keep on creating something like this=)

Saturday, February 19th 2011

Cats got my tongue when i was doing presentation infront of class.

thanks for lesson

Monday, February 21st 2011

I knew a few, now I know more. graet lesson.

Thursday, February 24th 2011

your teaching are perfect tank you.

Thursday, March 3rd 2011


Saturday, April 2nd 2011

i loved these idioms

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

thank’s a lot , and goodluck

Thursday, April 21st 2011


super .

Thanks a lot .

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

Thank you so much Alex.I like your lesson.

Sunday, April 24th 2011

Hello Alex! I would like to have more your IDIOMS!

Monday, April 25th 2011

this lesson is very useful for me alex thank you.

Tuesday, April 26th 2011

great job Alex! =)

Saturday, April 30th 2011

hjhj great!
thank you so much, Alex

Monday, May 2nd 2011

i think the photo which always appear don’t make sense….it make us have a litle confused and really hard to hold the attention….

Saturday, May 7th 2011

thx alot

Tuesday, May 10th 2011

most of them were new for me, thanks alot Alex,

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

It’s a very, very good job!

Thursday, May 26th 2011

It’s a very, very good job! Thank you, may JESUS CHRIST bless you!

Thursday, May 26th 2011

thank you a lot >> carry on

Tuesday, May 31st 2011

Thanks alex

Tuesday, May 31st 2011

thank u Alex, u are wonderful!

Sunday, June 19th 2011

hi very good and very clear thank you.

Sunday, June 26th 2011

Very nice lesson ….. Thanks Alex

Tuesday, June 28th 2011

hahaha perfect score..thx sir. have a nice day

Friday, July 1st 2011

Hi Alex
Very useful to listen to you. Thanks a lot for your efforts and patience.
Could you clear my doubt given below?
whenever I try to communicate in English, the cat gets my tongue.
Whenever i try to communicate in English I feel like the cat’s got my tongue. Which is preferable to use or both are right or wrong?

Sunday, July 3rd 2011


Thursday, July 7th 2011


Saturday, July 23rd 2011

Greattttttt!!!!!!!!!! LESSON .

Wednesday, August 10th 2011

Thanks so much alex
I’m a copy cat
good jab

Friday, August 12th 2011

Alex very clear , very interesting explanation,thanks a lot

Saturday, August 20th 2011

6 out of 6)
I like cats)It’s so fluffy and funny! But in Russian languages I really don’t know idioms about cats…
And I have a question to you,Alex.Can these idioms be used in USA or England?..Or just in Canada?..
Thanks a lot!!!

Saturday, September 24th 2011

thanks my teacher
the lesson is so great

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

Thank you Teacher. This time I got 6 out of 6. Nothing was out of left field. I did learn “cat nap” no wonder I’m about to fall aspleep. Look at my eyes!! Awsome Alex!!

Sunday, November 27th 2011

I think it’s a great idea add animations in the video. Regards!!

Wednesday, December 14th 2011

ALex salman aleewkum9(HELLOW)
i like your teaching thanks alot and you look handasom with you long hair

Thursday, January 26th 2012

thanks. I like this website, it is very helpful.

Thursday, February 9th 2012

wow it is great lesson,thank you!

Thursday, April 5th 2012

I love cats very much :) What a cute lesson :) Enjoyed the pics and all learned well :)

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

Very interesting idioms lesson, Thanks a lot. Many thanks for all teachers in this website. All the best

Tuesday, April 24th 2012

Hello, from Georgia. I like this lesson very much,because I like learning new idioms,it isn’t easy but interesting.thanks teacher,good job.I am looking forward learning another idioms.

Monday, April 30th 2012

I’m very happy!

Each day I’ve been learning more and more English.
Thanks a lot, good job!

Wednesday, June 13th 2012

such a nice lesson with many cute pictures :) and i like the quiz part too, because it shows how to use these idioms in the sentences. Thank you :)

Tuesday, June 19th 2012

Geez, i couldn’t understand the deal with the first sentence of the quiz. Why fat cat when that is supposed to describe an overweight person? Can someone help me?

Wednesday, June 27th 2012

    Hi man! Maybe I can help you. As I understand you have made a little confusion between – weight and wealth. Then you can say that Donald Trump is a ‘fat cat’ because he has a lot of money, not a lot of weight. See ya!

    Sunday, July 1st 2012

Bravo !

Wednesday, July 4th 2012

Nice lesson: my daughter and me are mad keen on cats!
Thank you, Alex! :)

Tuesday, July 17th 2012

thanx 4 every thing

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

I did like this idiom lesson ….. Def idioms videos are the best way to improve conversation skills …. many thanks Alex >_<

Tuesday, August 7th 2012


Wednesday, August 15th 2012

Thanks a lot for these idioms with CAT, Alex.

Monday, September 10th 2012

Great lesson,thanks.

Saturday, September 15th 2012

Great!Thank you so much!

Tuesday, September 18th 2012

thank u Mr Alex I’m an Egyptian teacher and liked Ur lessons v.much

Tuesday, November 6th 2012

It was a really good lesson, tnxxxxxxxxx Alex…

Friday, November 23rd 2012

alex you just made me prepared for my exams……………

Tuesday, February 26th 2013

i really enjoyed it :)

Friday, March 1st 2013


Tuesday, April 9th 2013

the lesson was great..but the sound of the video wasn’t clear

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013

sir,what is the different between “to have” and “have to”. and how can we use making the sentence?

Wednesday, May 1st 2013

Very interesting lesson, thanks Alex!

Friday, August 9th 2013

what is wrong with it the quiz part is not working

Wednesday, June 18th 2014

You’re really really great Alex! thanks for every single of your lessons!!

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

amazing lesson

Monday, October 20th 2014

very interesting

Sunday, May 10th 2015

I enjoyed this video very much.It’s nice to know that there are different types of idioms.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015

thank you very much

Sunday, June 14th 2015

Good one as always.

Wednesday, October 21st 2015

perfect score.

Thursday, November 12th 2015

“cats and dogs” is too famous for learners, and it was quite fun to know more cat idioms – I am a cat person, that’s why :))).

Thursday, November 12th 2015

Thanks, Alex! I love cats! Perfect lesson, and you give me ideas for my next vocabulary parade– idioms! :) Again, thanks so much.

Sunday, May 15th 2016

Yey! Copy cat lol Thanksyou Alex. More Idioms pls!

Saturday, August 20th 2016

It is easy to learn. Thanks

Saturday, November 5th 2016

I got 6 correct out of 6. :D Lets have a party🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍟🍟🍟🍟🍟🍟🍟🍟🍟🍟🍟🍟🍟🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍧🍧🍧🍧🍧🍧🍧🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰!

Sunday, January 15th 2017

    I 💓💓💓💓💓❤❤❤❤❤💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💗💗💗💗💗💜💜💜💜💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚Alex

    Sunday, January 15th 2017

It seems Alex to love cats! I do love cats so much! Does anybody know the history of the idiom “the raining cats and dogs”?
I can let the cat out of the bag…..
So, listen to: the fragment of Johnatan Swift`s novel: “Description of a City Shower” (1710). “Drowned puppies, stinking sprats, all drenched in mud, Dead cats and turnip-tops come tumbling down the flood.”
The sewerage system wasn`t so good that time, that`s
why it was othen blocked with dead amimals and rubbish during heavy rains. They (animals) flew down the streets… Very sad story…

Friday, January 20th 2017
    Saturday, January 21st 2017

      I knew the only one and shared with it. Thank you for respond.

      Saturday, January 21st 2017

    it seems that you will comment all videos even the ancient videos . go ahead and Good bless you.

    Saturday, February 4th 2017

      Hi, SKIKDA! Nice to meet you in such an ancient place 😀 . And if we are here, it’s worth visiting! I couldn’t pass by the topic related to cats. I adore them! If I go along the street I see them everywhere: in the tree, under the bench, in the box. No one notice them, but I do. I hear their meowing from closed doors, windows…
      I think I was a cat, British cat in my previous life. Because I love them both so much! What about you?

      Saturday, February 4th 2017

        maybe hollywood should select you to perform the role of catwoman2 film. do you accept it?

        Sunday, February 5th 2017

          Of course, I will! But I prefer performing comical roles.
          What about a cat on a hot tin roof?

          Thursday, February 23rd 2017

          unfortunately, i haven’t idea about this film ,could you give me some or attach me in a link

          Friday, February 24th 2017

          It was a joke and an idiom. Imagine a cat in a hot day on a tin roof. It means being very excited and unquiet.
          But you are right there is a film named after this idiom. After your question I’ve read across the plot in Wikipedia but I have no desire to watch it although it got some awards.
          My father dyed of cancer (as one of the characters) and I don’t want to recall that times. I lied for his sake about his condition for about a year. It was too hard.
          I wish illnesses like cancer no longer exist! I believe scientists to invent medicine to cure it.

          Friday, February 24th 2017

i don’t know this idiom, thank you for your information, i really benefit of your knowledge and i see that you like idioms a lot like me because i admire the wisdom in them and i want to know a lot of them.i want to say ‘i am so sorry for your loss’ you are right in my country many people died of cancer too and i hope it will be a solution for this

Saturday, February 25th 2017


Tuesday, February 6th 2018

useful idioms, hope to learn more in the future! Thanks dear teacher!

Monday, February 12th 2018


Tuesday, April 10th 2018


Wednesday, October 3rd 2018

Tank you very much

Thursday, February 28th 2019

It was raining cats and dogs when Neodi and I were on our way to Surakarta.

Wednesday, May 15th 2019

Thank you Mr. Alex.

Sunday, December 22nd 2019

Thx Alex. Great lesson.

Monday, December 23rd 2019

thank you for your dedicationa

Thursday, June 11th 2020

Its so much fun Alex! I hope you keep increasing the comedy levels! 😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜

Saturday, June 20th 2020

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