alley cat


Definition of alley cat

: a stray cat

Examples of alley cat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a genuine pathos in the vision of a man who has achieved power but remains unreconciled to himself, who soothes his way past his own rages and agonies by listening to the song of a homeless alley cat. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 And that is how four women ended up caring for a colony of about 30 alley cats. Allison Klein, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2018 Since people are more motivated to care for alley cats that catch rats, the group has embraced the idea as a win-win. National Geographic, 29 Sep. 2017 In Miami, Elizabeth Chifari, 66, was determined to stay home with her white alley cat, Friday, and ride out the storm. Frances Robles, Kirk Semple And Vivian Yee, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2017 House cats make great companions who provide cuddles and keep mice and bugs at bay, but their alley cat counterparts are a different story. Danny Lewis, Smithsonian, 4 Jan. 2017 People did ghastly things, like drown or gas huge numbers of alley cats. Martin Mejia, National Geographic, 13 Nov. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of alley cat

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Alley cat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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