like the cat that ate/got/swallowed the canary

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of like the cat that ate/got/swallowed the canary

US
used to say that someone looks very proud or satisfied about something he or she has done
  • After pointing out his teacher's mistake, he smiled like the cat that ate the canary.

Word by Word Definitions

ate play
  1. : past tense of eat

  1. : a Greek goddess personifying foolhardy and ruinous impulse

  1. : one acted upon (in a specified way)

  2. : chemical compound or complex anion derived from a (specified) compound or element

  1. : office : function : rank : group of persons holding a (specified) office or rank or having a (specified) function

  2. : state : dominion : jurisdiction

  1. : marked by having

  1. : act on (in a specified way) : cause to be modified or affected by : cause to become : furnish with

got
  1. : past tense and past participle of get

swallow play swallowed
  1. : any of numerous small widely distributed oscine birds (family Hirundinidae, the swallow family) that have a short bill, long pointed wings, and often a deeply forked tail and that feed on insects caught on the wing

  2. : any of several birds that superficially resemble swallows

  1. : to take through the mouth and esophagus into the stomach

  2. : to envelop or take in as if by swallowing : absorb

  3. : to accept without question, protest, or resentment

  1. : the passage connecting the mouth to the stomach

  2. : a capacity for swallowing

  3. : an act of swallowing

canary play
  1. : a Canary Islands usually sweet wine similar to Madeira

  2. : a lively 16th century court dance

  3. : a small finch (Serinus canarius synonym S. canaria) of the Canary Islands that is usually greenish to yellow and is kept as a cage bird and singer


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