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A kind of whistle used at theatres by the audience to express displeasure or impatience. A hideous noise like the call or waul of a cat.

“I was very much surprised with the great consort of cat-calls … . to see so many persons of quality of both sexes assembled together at a kind of caterwauling.”—Addison, Spectator, No. 361.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Castle of Indolence
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