cat's–paw

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noun \ˈkats-ˌpȯ\

Definition of cat's–paw

plural

cat's–paws

  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

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