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English definition of “like a cat on a hot tin roof”

like a cat on a hot tin roof

(UK old-fashioned like a cat on hot bricks)
describes someone who is in a state of extreme nervous worryAnxious and worried
(Definition of like a cat on a hot tin roof from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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