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Cat on a hot tin roof

Posted by ESC on November 28, 2005

In Reply to: Cat on a hot tin roof posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 28, 2005

: : what does the saying like a cat on a hot tin roof mean please
: Jumpy. Like a cat would be if it walked on a hot tin roof.

And it's the name of a Tennessee Williams' play. See Spark Notes:

From the movie version :

Brick Pollitt: What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: Just staying on it I guess, long as she can.
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: Maggie the cat is alive. I'm alive.
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: You know what I feel like? I feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof.
Brick Pollitt: Then jump off the roof, Maggie. Jump off it. Cats jump off roofs and land uninjured. Do it. Jump.
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: Jump where? Into what?