Cat That Swallowed the Canary

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To appear self satisfied

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  • This term originated in the mid of 18th century. Cat is one of the most popular animals, as it is mentioned in several idioms. Canary is a one fine bird and it is often kept by people, in a cage. In many cartoons it has been shown that a cat tries to get hold of the canary. Some cartoons show a cat making several efforts to gobble the canary for breakfast or lunch. This scenario was translated by many people a daring act. If the cat becomes successful in eating the canary, it would be a moment of pride for that animal.
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When Karen found out that she scored the highest marks, she looked like the cat that swallowed the canary.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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chat qui a avalé le canari

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How to pronounce this phrase?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

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