- An area is crowded.
18th century. British military. First recorded in 1771.
Originally meant to imply that there’s not enough space to carry out a flogging with a cat o’nine tails. Nowadays, it simply means that a space is crowded.
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Not enough room to swing a cat. (2020). In Dictionary.com. Retrieved from https://www.dictionary.com/browse/not-enough-room-to-swing-a-cat.