acting like a cat on a hot tin roof

jesusguime

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Chinese
Cindy is acting like a cat on a hot tin roof.


Hi,
I'd like to pinpoint the meaning of the above. Does it mean "Cindy is in a hurry" or "very anxious?" Thanks.
 
  • cropje_jnr

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    English - Australia
    See this link.

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    From the above link:
    to be nervous and unable to keep still. What's the matter with her? She's like a cat on a hot tin roof this morning.

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    giovannino

    Senior Member
    Italian, Neapolitan
    This question came up in the Italian-English forum. Does anyone happen to know whether the phrase a cat on a hot tin roof was coined by Tennessee Williams in 1955 or had been in use before then?
     

    giovannino

    Senior Member
    Italian, Neapolitan
    Thank you, Rover. Since like a cat on hot bricks is labelled as BE in dictionaries, maybe its AE equivalent was also in use before Williams used it as the title of his play.
     
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