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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Kilkenny cats (kil-KEN-ee kats) noun
People who fight relentlessly till their end.
[From a pair of proverbial cats in Kilkenny, Ireland, who fought till only their tails were left.]
According to a story, some people in the town of Kilkenny in Ireland enjoyed tying the tails of two cats and watching them fight till only their tale was left behind. Most likely the story is a parable of a contest between Kilkenny and Irishtown, two municipalities which fought about their boundaries till little more than their tails were left. Here is a popular limerick (another word that takes its origins from the name of an Irish town) about the cats:
"There wanst was two cats of Kilkenny
"State Opposition Leader Rene Hidding said conservation groups were
'fighting like Kilkenny cats after posturing on matters of high
"When Lord Cranborne placed Hatfield House at the disposal of Unionists
to talk things through in November 1997, the result was a meeting after
the style of the fighting Kilkenny cats."
This week's theme: expressions derived from pet animals.
The phrase "working mother" is redundant. -Jane Sellman