`like a cat on a hot tin roof’

 How do you think a cat is likely to react when it lands on a tin roof that is pretty hot? It’s going to be pretty jumpy, right? The poor animal will probably jump from one spot to another, trying to find a cool place to stand. When you say that an individual is like a cat on a hot tin roof, what you mean is that he looks very nervous; he is unable to sit or stand still in one place.

*You should have seen Surendran before the interview. He was like a cat on a hot tin roof. *What’s wrong with Hema? She is like a cat on a hot tin roof.

Sourced from The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, October 24, 2005

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