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noun \ˈkats-ˌpȯ\

Definition of cat's–paw



  1. 1 :  a light air that ruffles the surface of the water in irregular patches during a calm

  2. 2 [from the fable of the monkey that used a cat's paw to draw chestnuts from the fire] :  one used by another as a tool :  dupe <the … government became the cat's–paw for foreign powers — D. J. Boorstin>

  3. 3 :  a hitch knot formed with two eyes for attaching a line to a hook — see knot illustration

Circa 1769

First Known Use of cat's–paw

circa 1769

Rhymes with cat's–paw

backsaw, band saw, bear claw, bedstraw, blue law, bucksaw, buzz saw, bylaw, case law, catclaw, chain saw, Choctaw, coleslaw, Corn Law, crenshaw, cumshaw, cushaw, Danelaw, declaw, Esau, forepaw, fretsaw, glass jaw, grandma, grandpa, guffaw, hacksaw, handsaw, hawkshaw, hee-haw, hurrah, in-law, jackdaw, jackstraw, jigsaw, kickshaw, last straw, leash law, lockjaw, lynch law, macaw, Moose Jaw, Nassau, old-squaw, outdraw, outlaw, pasha, pawpaw, pit saw, pooh-bah, poor law, rickshaw, ringtaw, ripsaw, scofflaw, scrimshaw, scroll saw, seesaw, shield law, southpaw, Skiddaw, tack claw, trishaw, tussah, undraw, Utah, Warsaw, whipsaw, wiredraw, withdraw

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articulated in the throat

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