1. something said or done to divert attention from unpleasant news,
2. There is a story, popular among British politicians and attributed to the Australian strategist Lynton Crosby, known as "The Dead Cat." A CEO is confronted with poor statistics at a board meeting, and to divert attention from this unpleasant news, he suddenly pulls out a dead cat and throws it onto the middle of the table. ( Kate Maltby, 'Hamilton' is Trump's dead cat' , CNN, November 22, 2016)
"Let us suppose you are losing an argument. The facts are overwhelmingly against you, and the more people focus on the reality the worse it is for you and your case. Your best bet in these circumstances is to perform a manoeuvre that a great campaigner describes as 'throwing a dead cat on the table, mate' There is one thing that is absolutely certain about throwing a dead cat on the table ― and I don’t mean that people will be outraged, alarmed, disgusted. That is true, but irrelevant. The key point is that everyone will shout, “Jeez, mate, there’s a dead cat on the table!” In other words, they will be talking about the dead cat ― the thing you want them to talk about ― and they will not be talking about the issue that has been causing you so much grief.’" (Boris Johnson, 'This Cap on Bankers’ Bonuses is Like a Dead Cat – Pure Distraction', The Telegraph, March 3, 2013

"Trump apparently has an endless supply of dead cats, seemingly able to conjure them from insignificant news stories and throw them on the boardroom table by way of an angry tweetstorm. The media loves this because they know that people eat it up, whether they’re Trump supporters who share his “rage” or critics who are repeatedly appalled by his antics." (Jesse Jackman, 'Trump’s ‘Dead Cats’ Have Hijacked The Mainstream Media' ,Huffington Post, November 30, 2016)
by gr8rt1 January 26, 2017
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An ex-spouse/partner/lover. From the reference to how many people, in a given place, a person has had relationships with that can be hit by swinging a dead cat.
I have slept with way too many people in this bar tonight... This is definitely a Dead Cat situation.
by Bub May 7, 2005
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A pussy that has definitely been infected with some noxious substance that renders it completely useless to the owner, and possibly deadly to the user.
"Hey, Dave, how'd you get on with that bint last night?"
"Oh christ, Wilko, I wished I hadn't even set foot in that club!"
"Why mate? Something bad happen?"
"Yeah, there I was feeling around her underwear in the dark, and I felt my fingers being burnt by acid, and her flesh gave way to bone, then she was sick on me. And to top it all off, my arm's been burnt off at the elbow!"
"Oh jesus, Dave! Looks like you were feeding a dead cat last night!"
"Yer right, Wilko, I'll have to get rid of the body now..."
by magicalpat September 11, 2006
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A sex position in which the woman just lays there like a dead cat, and lets you get your thang on.
mike: man, i was just doing my girl and she was like a limp sex doll! shit man, this sucks!
joey: hahahahahahaha, doing the dead cat sex position eh
mike: the fuck is that?


white bitch: joey i don't like ya anymore
by Spenzer October 20, 2011
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Silly way of relating the quantity or frequency of something in terms of whether you would hit one if you swung a dead cat.
You can't swing a dead cat in that school without hitting some guy with his underwear showing.
by Coell September 7, 2005
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A phrase used to describe when there are a lot of something in a small area and that running into them is unavoidable. Seems to be popular with people from the burrows of Philadelphia.
"there are so many coffee joints here that you cant swing a dead cat without hitting one."
by Daddy Long Legs February 13, 2016
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