Expressions in a language other than your native language can still be a tricky business. We help you on your way. This time: expressions with the word “chat” (cat).

Avoir un chat dans la gorge
In Dutch you have a frog in your throat, but in French there is a whole cat in that place.

Donner sa langue au chat
When you’ve given your tongue to the cat, you don’t know an answer to a question or riddle and then you give up.

Appeler un chat un chat
Calling a cat a cat is a bit more specific than how we say it: calling the animal by its name.

Avoir d’autres chats à fouetter
Literally: having to chastise other cats. What it means? That you have other, more important things to do.