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Like a scalded cat vs Like a singed cat

like a scalded cat

1. rushing madly without regard to where one is going:

  • He leapt over the fence and was down the roadway like a scalded cat.

2. screaming in a shrill, piercing voice:

  • But why should you squall like a scalded cat?

like a singed cat—said of smb. who is better than appearance indicates:

  • His new friend, however, proved to be like a singed cat, much better than he looked.

Note: Neither expression correlates in meaning with the phrase like a cat on hot bricks

1. ill at ease; very nervous:

  • He was like a cat on hot bricks. Scared out of his life as to what she might say.

2. moving swiftly and nimbly:

  • A well-bred, rakinglooking sort of mare…. Beautiful action she had, stepped away like a cat on hot bricks.