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  • Mr. Ondaatje borrows the phrase "cat's table" from a German landlubber term for the place where the lowest of the low dine.

    A Floating World

  • As they tooled down the hill toward town Lucy played cat's cradle with the shoe strings she'd removed from her old Buster Brown's earlier.

    The Birthday Girl

  • He scratched the fabric interior of the car without a cat's disregard for destruction.

    The 11th Arrondissement

  • As Anne Lamott once observed in a different connection, it is the kind of statement that would drive Jesus to drink gin from the cat's dish.

    Tucson memorial speakers 'scoff at Jesus': Frankin Graham

  • And Keikiwai, the Water Baby, heard the conspiracy, knowing the shark language; and he addressed a prayer, in the shark language, to the shark god Moku-halii, and the sharks heard and waved their tails to one another and winked their cat's eyes in token that they understood his talk.

    The Water Baby

  • And a shark, looking up with its cat's eyes, observed him, and sent out the shark call of ` fresh meat 'to assemble all the sharks in the lagoon.

    The Water Baby

  • If Winston's life is anything like my cat's life, it is a grueling, never-ending nightmare of eating, sleeping, and rolling around under the dining room table.

    Winston isn't normal

  • She hurried down the block when the sound of a cat's piercing screech made her stop.

    Arcana Magi Cross - c.1

  • But you lick you ice cream, little pink tongue like a cat's, flick, flick.

    DRIP

  • "The first time you get hurt the cat's out of the bag at work," says Ms. Dinn.

    Getting 'Whipped' Into Shape

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