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

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.

There is an expression to ‘let the cat out of the bag’. It means to let out a secret.

Let the cat out of the bag - Fun English Idioms

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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