Definition of like a cat on a hot tin roof in US English:

like a cat on a hot tin roof

(British like a cat on hot bricks)

phrase

informal
  • Very agitated or anxious.

    • ‘I am like a cat on a hot tin roof, walking around the house in the early hours of the morning, struggling to type because my hands are shaking in agony.’
    • ‘When she got home that day, talking about Daddy and showing her mother the twenty-five cents, Mai was like a cat on a hot tin roof.’
    • ‘He is no longer like a cat on a hot tin roof when it comes to putting the pieces together.’
    • ‘Founding investor Wheatley was like a cat on a hot tin roof before the game but he said the corporate tickets had completely sold out for the whole season after the impressive 1 - 1 win.’
    • ‘The jury has been out since Wednesday, so he has been like a cat on a hot tin roof here.’
    • ‘I would work days with hardly any sleep, and finally my nervous system collapsed, so the doctor put me on tranquilizers which set me up like a cat on a hot tin roof.’
    • ‘DeFrancesco runs wild over the keyboard like a cat on a hot tin roof before the orchestra recapitulates the pungent main theme.’