curiosity killed the cat

1921 E. O’ NEILL Diff’rent II. 252 ‘What’d you ask ’em, for instance?’.. ‘Curiosity killed a cat! Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.’

1973 A. CHRISTIE Postern of Fate I. iv. ‘A curiosity death,’ said Tommy. ‘Curiosity killed the cat.’

1984 J. R. RIGGS Last Laugh iii. ‘I’m curious, that’s all.’ ‘Curiosity killed old tom.’

2002 Times 2 17 May 9 ‘Well, you’ve probably heard the saying, “curiosity killed the cat”. Well that’s what I’m doing here.’ For one horrible minute, I thought that he was about to..reveal that he was Ben Vol-au-Vent from Curiosity Killed the Cat, killing a cat.


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  • curiosity killed the cat — phrase used for warning someone that something dangerous or harmful could happen to them because they are too interested in things that do not concern them Thesaurus: ways of warning or advising someonesynonym Main entry: curiosity * * * proverb… …   Useful english dictionary

  • curiosity killed the cat — As cats are naturally curious animals, we use this expression to suggest to people that excessive curiosity is not necessarily a good thing, especially where it is not their business …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • curiosity killed the cat — ► curiosity killed the cat proverb being inquisitive about other people s affairs may get you into trouble. Main Entry: ↑curiosity …   English terms dictionary

  • Curiosity killed the cat — This article is about the proverb. For other uses, see Curiosity killed the cat (disambiguation). A curious kitten. Curiosity killed the cat is a proverb used to warn of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation. A less… …   Wikipedia

  • Curiosity Killed the Cat — For the proverb, see Curiosity killed the cat. Curiosity Killed the Cat Ben Volpeliere Pierrot of Curiosity Killed the Cat at the Lafayette Parc Hotel, Lafayette, California 1987 Background information …   Wikipedia

  • curiosity killed the cat — {informal} Getting too nosy may lead a person into trouble. A proverb. * / Curiosity killed the cat, Fred s father said, when he found Fred hunting around in closets just before Christmas./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • curiosity killed the cat — {informal} Getting too nosy may lead a person into trouble. A proverb. * / Curiosity killed the cat, Fred s father said, when he found Fred hunting around in closets just before Christmas./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • curiosity\ killed\ the\ cat — informal proverb Getting too nosy may lead a person into trouble. Curiosity killed the cat, Fred s father said, when he found Fred hunting around in closets just before Christmas …   Словарь американских идиом

  • curiosity killed the cat — a very curious person may find trouble or danger    Don t ask so many questions. Remember, curiosity killed the cat …   English idioms

  • curiosity killed the cat — being too nosy and interested in other peoples business may lead a person into trouble Don t keep asking so many questions. Remember curiosity killed the cat …   Idioms and examples


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