Coded references to risqué and sexual matters were catnip to the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter.
A feisty, Steve Jobs gee-whizzing in his black turtleneck about his latest gizmo is catnip.
In a culture that worships celebrities while pretending to disdain them, the Sony emails are catnip for the masses.
And a candidate with some verve— Michele Bachmann comes to mind—is catnip for the cameras.
These vintage hot rod racers were catnip to testosterone-pumped owner pilots.
The newspapers pounced on them with joy, as cats pounce and purr on catnip.
At this juncture catnip tapped at the door and put in his head.
I alays hev my own catnip en sheep balls foh sum cases need one kind of tea en sum ernother.
"Then get him a pennyworth of catnip and put it on my bill," I said benevolently.
Boneset, wormwood and catnip had their places on the wall, together with ears of corn and strings of dried apples.