like the cat that got the cream
Definition of like the cat that got the cream
—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 got the cream.
Word by Word Definitions
: a carnivorous mammal (Felis catus) long domesticated as a pet and for catching rats and mice
: any of a family (Felidae) of carnivorous usually solitary and nocturnal mammals (as the domestic cat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cougar, wildcat, lynx, and cheetah)
: a malicious woman
: past tense and past participle ofget
: the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat
: a food prepared with cream
: something having the consistency of cream
: to form cream or a surface layer like the cream on standing milk
: to break into or cause something to break into a creamy froth
: to move like froth
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