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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).

CAT, v.4 With at: to miscall, to use provocative language to; pr.p. catan, “tempting to battle, by poisonous language” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 128).Kcb.4 c.1900:
Cross-grained folk are often cattin' at their neighbours.

[Phs. connected with cat, felis domesticus, cf. Eng. cattish and catty.]

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