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Meaning of CAT'S-PAW

Pronunciation:  'kats`po

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a hitch in the middle of rope that has two eyes into which tackle can be hooked
  2. [n]  a person used by another to gain an end
 

CAT'S-PAW is a 9 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: instrument, pawn
 
 See Also: assistant, help, helper, hitch, supporter

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cat's"-paw`\, n.
1. (Naut.)
   (a) A light transitory air which ruffles the surface of
       the water during a calm, or the ripples made by such a
       puff of air.
   (b) A particular hitch or turn in the bight of a rope,
       into which a tackle may be hooked.

2. A dupe; a tool; one who, or that which, is used by another
   as an instrument to a accomplish his purposes.

Note: In this sense the term refers to the fable of the
      monkey using the cat's paw to draw the roasting
      chestnuts out of the fire.

 

 

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