Alley cat



a homeless, usually mongrel, cat that scavenges for food in alleys, streets, etc.
Contemporary Examples

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

noun
a homeless cat that roams in back streets

noun phrase

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 ]

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