C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
Mrs. Crupp had indignantly assured him that there wasnt room to swing a cat there; but as Mr. Dick justly observed to me, sitting down on the foot of the bed, nursing his leg, You know, Trotwood, I dont want to swing a cat. I never do swing a cat. Therefore what does that signify to me!