Let the cat out of the bag – what’s the meaning?

Hello, Studycat here!

I hope that your study is going well, I’ve been enjoying learning and reading more than ever recently! Today I’d like to share with you the meaning and the origin of the English idiom, ‘let the cat out of the bag’.

The first time you hear it, it does sound strange. Anyone who knows cats will know that we love bags. Why we love bags is a mystery to most humans and we will keep it that way for now.

Anyway, the expression to ‘let the cat out of the bag’ means: to let out a secret.

Why does “let the cat out of the bag” mean to let out a secret?

Well, there is one interesting theory. Many years ago people who sold animals would put them in a bag for the buyer to take home. Some people who sold pigs would try to trick their customers by swapping the baby pig for a cat. When the customer got home and ‘let the cat out of the bag’ the secret of the seller’s lie would be revealed.

There is one big problem with this theory. Nobody would prefer a pig to a cat!

See you next time. I have to go, I have a bag to climb into.

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