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cat's-paw

[kats-paw] /ˈkætsˌpɔ/
noun
1.
a person used to serve the purposes of another; tool.
2.
Nautical.
  1. a hitch made in the bight of a rope so that two eyes are formed to hold the hook of one block of a tackle.
  2. a light breeze that ruffles the surface of the water over a comparatively small area.
  3. the small area ruffled by such a breeze.
Also, catspaw.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60
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British Dictionary definitions for cat's-paw

cat's-paw

noun
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
Word Origin
(sense 1) C18: so called from the tale of the monkey who used a cat's paw to draw chestnuts out of a fire
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