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The cat that swallowed the canary

Posted by Word Camel on March 05, 2003

In Reply to: The cat that swallowed the canary posted by Poindexter on March 05, 2003

: What does the phrase "the cat that swallowed the canary" mean exactly?

I haven't heard this one before, but I suspect it is meant to describe someone who is very pleased and smug because he's got what he wanted. I think it might be similar to "the cat that got the cream". It would help if you could use the expression in context.