a homeless, usually mongrel, cat that scavenges for food in alleys, streets, etc.
The alley cat and her kittens would have mugged him already.
Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds P. J. O’Rourke August 8, 2014
Rat is tough, a 15-year-old “alley cat” version of her beautiful mother, Vanessa.
A Writer’s International Wanderings Susan Salter Reynolds May 8, 2010
a homeless cat that roams in back streets
A homeless cat; stray cat
A sexually promiscuous person, esp a woman
A promiscuous woman; also, a person of loose morals. For example, She’s constantly picking up men in bars—a real alley cat. This idiom transfers a stray cat that frequents alleys in search of food to a woman of easy virtue, especially a prostitute seeking customers. [ ; early 1900s ]
- Alley cropping
a method of planting in which rows of trees are interspersed with rows of crops, improving the soil and providing nutrients, particularly nitrogen, to the crops.
- Alley gate
noun a metal spiked gate erected behind a terrace of houses to deter burglars Historical Examples He had stepped outside to find one Smooth Crumbaugh leaning upon the alley gate. Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb When she got back to the kitchen door she heard Jack closing the alley gate. The Hoosier School-boy […]
- Alley light
a searchlight mounted on a public-safety vehicle or other motor vehicle for sideways lighting.
(used as a shout of encouragement, exhortation, or the like, especially when coordinating efforts to lift a heavy object.) Basketball. a quick-score play in which a high, arching pass is made to a teammate close to the basket, who leaps to catch the ball and in midair drops or stuffs it through the basket. interjection […]