cat's whiskers


Definition of cat's whiskers

informal + old-fashioned
: a highly admired or exceptionally excellent person or thing … he was the cat's whiskers, a business wunderkind, becoming chairman of a Fortune 100 company at the age of 38 on merit, not inheritance.— Allan Sloan, Newsweek, 21 July 1997

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First Known Use of cat's whiskers

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Cat's whiskers.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc.,'s%20whiskers. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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