Is the phrase, from ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ by Alexander Baron
having one's kitten in one's pocket
a proverb or common slang? How common is this expression? What exactly does it mean and how can this phrase be used?
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This is an extract from ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ by Alexander Baron:
Corporal Turnbull was a young man, but he was not a man to be trifled with. He had come back from Dunkirk with all his equipment correct and accounted for and his kitten in his pocket.
Could mean a number of things, depending on how you interpret the novel. This is neither proverb nor slang. It is literary style.