” No room to swing a cat.”

(Meaning) A small space which is awkward and small. In other words the room was so small that you can’t even swing a cat.

(Origin) According to a popular story, a cat with nine tails (Cat’O Nine Tails) which was used as a whip for flogging prisoners and it got it’s name because of scars that nine lashes left on a sailor’s back looked liked they have been scratched by a cat.

These punishment whippings were usually carried out on deck as because there was not room to swing a cat at the bottom deck.

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A cat with nine tails and being used as a whip?

What a story.

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