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Cat and Kittens

A public-house sign, alluding to the pewter-pots so called. Stealing these pots is termed “Cat and kitten sneaking.” We still call a large kettle a kitchen, and speak of a soldier's kit (Saxon, cytel, a pot, pan, or vessel generally.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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