cat-o'-nine-tails


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cat-o'-nine-tails

 (kăt′ə-nīn′tālz′)
n. pl. cat-o'-nine-tails
A whip consisting of nine knotted cords fastened to a handle, used in flogging.

[So called because it leaves marks like the scratches of a cat.]

cat-o'-nine-tails

n, pl -tails
(Historical Terms) a rope whip consisting of nine knotted thongs, used formerly to flog prisoners. Often shortened to: cat

cat-o'-nine-tails

(ˌkæt əˈnaɪnˌteɪlz)

n., pl. -tails.
a whip, usu. having nine knotted thongs or cords fastened to a handle, used for flogging.
[1685–95; from the resemblance of scars to a cat's scratches]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cat-o'-nine-tails - a whip with nine knotted cords; "British sailors feared the cat"
whip - an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping
Translations

cat-o'-nine-tails

[ˈkætəˈnaɪnteɪlz] Nazote m (con nueve ramales)

cat-o'-nine-tails

[ˈkætənaɪnˈteɪlz] ngatto a nove code
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