alley cat

noun

Definition of alley cat

: a stray cat

Examples of alley cat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And that is how four women ended up caring for a colony of about 30 alley cats. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "A homeless man died, leaving behind a pack of alley cats. His neighbors came to the rescue.," 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, "Homeless Cats Recruited to Fight Rising Tide of Rats," 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, "Powerful Storm Devastates Caribbean and Heads Toward Florida," 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, "Feral Cats Now Cover 99.8 Percent of Australia," 4 Jan. 2017 People did ghastly things, like drown or gas huge numbers of alley cats. Martin Mejia, National Geographic, "How Cats Clawed Their Way Into Our Hearts," 13 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of alley cat

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Alley cat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alley%20cat. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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