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cat's-paw

cat's-paw

also cats·paw (kăts′pô′)
n. pl. cat's-paws also cats·paws
1. A person used by another as a dupe or tool.
2. A light breeze that ruffles small areas of a water surface.
3. Nautical A knot made by twisting a section of rope to form two adjacent eyes through which a hook is passed, used in hoisting.

[From a fable about a monkey that used a cat's paw to pull chestnuts out of a fire.]

cat's-paw

n
1. a person used by another as a tool; dupe
2. (Knots) 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. (Physical Geography) 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]

cat's′-paw`

or cats′paw`,



n.
1. a person who is exploited by another; tool.
2. a light breeze that ruffles the surface of the water over a small area.
3. a hitch made in the bight of a rope to hold the hook of a tackle.
[1650–60; definition 1 so called in allusion to the story of the monkey that used a cat's paw to pull chestnuts from the fire]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cat's-paw - a person used by another to gain an end
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
2.cat's-paw - a hitch in the middle of rope that has two eyes into which tackle can be hooked
hitch - a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it; a temporary knot

cat's-paw

also catspaw
noun
A person used or controlled by others:
Translations

cat's-paw

[ˈkætspɔː] N (fig) → instrumento m
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