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cat's-pawalso 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.]
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||cat's-paw - a person used by another to gain an end|
|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