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Look like the cat who ate the canary

Guilty look. Embarrassed. The image presented is when you discover your cat ate your pet bird, especially if feathers are sticking out of the cat’s mouth, so the phrase implies guilt beyond suspicion. (Compare to Guilty as sin.)

“I didn’t have to ask which boy ate the cookies, because little Bobby looked like the cat that ate the canary, so I knew it was he.”

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