|1.||a person used by another as a tool; dupe|
|2.||nautical a hitch in the form of two loops, or eyes, in the bight of a line, used for attaching it to a hook|
|3.||a pattern of ripples on the surface of water caused by a light wind|
|[(sense 1) C18: so called from the tale of the monkey who used a cat's paw to draw chestnuts out of a fire]|
A dupe or tool for another, a sucker, as in You always try to make a cat's paw of me, but I refuse to do any more of your work. This term alludes to a very old tale about a monkey that persuades a cat to pull chestnuts out of the fire so as to avoid burning its own paws. The story dates from the 16th century and versions of it (some with a dog) exist in many languages.