No room to swing a cat.
(Meaning) A small space which is awkward and small. In other words the room was so small that you can’t even swing a cat.
(Origin) According to a popular story, a cat with nine tails (Cat’O Nine Tails) which was used as a whip for flogging prisoners and it got it’s name because of scars that nine lashes left on a sailor’s back looked liked they have been scratched by a cat.
These punishment whippings were usually carried out on deck as because there was not room to swing a cat at the bottom deck.
Information extracted from: http://hiss.in/853/no-room-to-swing-a-cat-meaning-explanation-and-origin/
A cat with nine tails and being used as a whip?
What a story.
Have fun reading!
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