Frequent Question What does the slang term the cat’s pajamas mean?

Definition of cat’s pajamas

informal + old-fashioned. : a highly admired or exceptionally excellent person or thing He’s the cat’s pajamas, I couldn’t love, respect, admire, and enjoy that individual more than I do.— Drew Barrymore, quoted in Harper’s, 1 Oct.

Is the cat’s pajamas a metaphor?

‘The cat’s pajamas’ is a nonsense phrase but there is some sense behind it. There is a related ‘cat’ expression – ‘the cat’s whiskers’.

Is it the cat’s pajamas or the cats meow?

As for “the cat’s pajamas” (or “pyjamas”), the expression was coined by the cartoonist T. A. (Tad) Dorgan (1877-1929), according to Green’s Dictionary of Slang. Dorgan is also credited with coining “the cat’s meow,” though not “the cat’s whiskers.” All three expressions mean someone or something that’s outstanding.

How do you use cat’s pajamas?

The term ‘cat’ also was coming into use by the flapper set as a slang word for person, or cool person. Thus, ‘the cat’s pajamas’ became a way to say that someone was cool, great, special, the best.

What does the cat got your tongue mean?

Definition of cat got your tongue

used to ask someone why he or she is not saying anything “You’ve been unusually quiet tonight,” she said.

Do cats pajamas spread?

The blooms extend from tip to soil and are fragrant. It has an upright ball-like growing habit that adds to its interest. It gets its name due to the scent its stems give off when they are broken. It reaches a compact height of twelve to fourteen inches with a spread of eighteen to twenty inches.

Do cats like Nepeta cat’s pajamas?

Nepeta are smothered with blossoms in summer. Likes sun and tolerates dry conditions once established. One of the best plants to edge or underplant a rose bed. Cats enjoy it as much as catnip.

How do you shear cat pajamas?

‘Cat’s Pajamas’ is a very durable perennial that can be planted in either spring or fall. If the roots are densely circled around when you take the plant out of the pot, loosen them up a bit to break the “root memory”. This will encourage them to grow outward instead of continuing to grow in a circular pattern.

What does leave me high and dry mean?

Definition of high and dry

1 : being out of reach of the current or tide or out of the water. 2 : being in a helpless or abandoned position.

What does drop of a hat mean?

Immediately, without delay, as in We were ready to pack our bags and go on vacation at the drop of a hat. This phrase probably alludes to signaling the start of a race or other contest by dropping a hat. [ Late 1800s]

What is the meaning of the idiom sit on the fence?

To remain neutral, to refuse to take sides in a dispute
often used in a derogatory way about someone who lacks the courage to decide: “The councilman is afraid he’ll lose votes if he takes sides on the zoning issue, but he can’t sit on the fence forever.”

Do cats pajamas come back every year?

Nepeta ‘Cat’s Pajamas’ is a low maintenance perennial. It’s pest free, not browsed by animals, and is tolerant of drought and poor soil. As with many Nepetas, it can benefit from a mid-summer shearing to rejuvenate its growth and encourage more profuse re-blooming.

Is Cat’s pajamas the same as catnip?

It can be easy to mistake these two plants as simply different names for the same thing, but they are, in fact, different plants. Both are part of the mint family and both belong to the Nepeta genus – catnip is Nepeta cataria and catmint is Nepeta mussinii.

Can cats pajamas grow in shade?

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

How big do cat pajamas get?

Typically grows up to 12-14 inches tall (30-35 cm) and 18-20 in. wide (45-50 cm). Performs best in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Provide light afternoon shade in warm summer areas.

What can I plant with cat pajamas?

Catmint’s blue flowers combine beautifully with other perennials that enjoy the same growing conditions such as:

  • European Sage/Southernwood.
  • Salvia.
  • Jupiter’s Beard.
  • Yarrow.
  • Lamb’s Ear.
  • Poppy Mallow/Winecups.

Is Cat’s Pajamas catmint?

Common Name: Catmint

In addition to being a little over half the height, ‘Cats Pajamas’ also blooms about 2-3 weeks earlier than ‘Cat’s Meow’. The ball-shaped habit carries long, dark flower stems that hold indigo blue flowers.