Kilkenny cats
Kilkenny cats Kil*ken"ny cats . Two cats fabled, in an Irish story, to have fought till nothing was left but their tails. It is probably a parable of a local contest between Kilkenny and Irishtown, which impoverished both towns. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Kilkenny cats — a pair of proverbial cats in Ireland who fought until only their tails were left. [1815 25] * * * Kilkenny cats Proverbial cats who fight until each destroys the other • • • Main Entry: ↑cat …   Useful english dictionary

  • Kilkenny cats — a pair of proverbial cats in Ireland who fought until only their tails were left. [1815 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • Kilkenny cats — /kɪlkɛni ˈkæts/ (say kilkenee kats) plural noun See fight (def. 15) …   Australian English dictionary

  • fight like kilkenny cats — When you say that people fought like Kilkenny cats, you mean they fought valiantly to the bitter end, even if they are both destroyed. For instance, The two political parties fought like Kilkenny cats over the matter …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Kilkenny — Kilenny City …   Wikipedia Español

  • Kilkenny — county in Leinster, Ireland. The county is named for its town, from Ir. Cill Chainnigh Church of (St.) Kenneth. The story of the Kilkenny cats, a pair of which fought until only their tails were left, is attested from 1807 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Kilkenny cat — The term Kilkenny cat refers to anyone who is a tenacious fighter. The origin of the term is now lost so there are many stories purporting to give the true meaning.To fight like a Kilkenny cat refers to an old story about two cats who fought to… …   Wikipedia

  • Kilkenny — /kɪlˈkɛni/ (say kil kenee) noun 1. a county in the south eastern Republic of Ireland, in Leinster. 2062 km2. County town: Kilkenny. Irish, Cill Chainnigh. –phrase 2. fight like Kilkenny cats, to fight ferociously. {Phrase Origin: ? from a fable… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Kilkenny GAA — infobox GAA county county gaa = Kilkenny GAA crest = irish = Cill Chainnigh province = Leinster nickname = The Cats county colours = Black and Amber grounds = Nowlan Park, Kilkenny dominant sport = Hurling nfl div = Division 4 nhl div = Division… …   Wikipedia

  • Kilkenny — For other uses, see Kilkenny (disambiguation). Kilkenny Cill Chainnigh   City   …   Wikipedia

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