continuously or unceasingly vicious and destructive:
Slang. (of a security) highly speculative and of questionable value.
Never such a cat-and-dog life as they’ve been leading ever since!
Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
But ever since the znaharka’s blessing had been accorded to this particular union the pair had led a cat-and-dog life.
The Romance of the Woods F. J. Whishaw
Skippy, whose relations with the opposite sex were of the cat-and-dog variety, solemnly raised his hand.
Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
Consternation versus Hilarity went racing suddenly like a cat-and-dog combat across his eyes.
Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
They smiled and were gracious, called each other Butterwell and Crosbie, and abstained from all cat-and-dog absurdities.
The Last Chronicle of Barset Anthony Trollope
Vandyke’s no angel, and he and March have been doing a bit of the cat-and-dog act in a quiet way lately.
Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O’Malley C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
We lived a cat-and-dog existence, and parted with mutual recriminations, since when I have not seen her!
The Imaginary Marriage Henry St. John Cooper
The mutual affection of these two animals is unbounded, and yet we hear human disagreements compared to cat-and-dog life!
Chatterbox Stories of Natural History Anonymous
But I always felt sure that she did the deed, for it was proved they led a cat-and-dog life.
Pretty Geraldine, the New York Salesgirl Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
Lady Flo: Nevertheless, I assure you they lead a cat-and-dog existence.
The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893 Various
Also called cat and rat. a children’s game in which players in a circle keep a player from moving into or out of the circle and permit a second player to move into or out of the circle to escape the pursuing first player. Western U.S. tick-tack-toe (def 1). play cat and mouse, to engage […]
a speech disorder in which a person constantly repeats a word or phrase. cataphasia cat·a·pha·si·a (kāt’ə-fā’zē-ə, -zhə) n. A speech disorder in which the same word or series of words is repeated involuntarily.
degeneration of a cell or tissue. noun the degeneration of cells and tissues to a less highly developed form cataplasia cat·a·pla·sia (kāt’ə-plā’zhə, -zhē-ə) or cat·a·pla·sis (-plā’sĭs) n. Degenerative reversion of cells or tissue to a less differentiated form.
a syndrome seen most frequently in schizophrenia, characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor, sometimes alternating with great excitement and confusion. Historical Examples Fortunately Kahlbaum prevented serious error by leaving the prognosis of his catatonia open. Benign Stupors August Hoch Taxonomic zeal began to blind vision when Kahlbaum formulated his “catatonia” and included stupor in […]