Cat o' nine tails

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Cat´ o' nine´ tails`

n.1.a whip used as an instrument of punishment consisting of nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle; - formerly used to flog offenders on the bare back; - called also the cat. It was used in the British Navy to maintain discipline on board sailing ships.
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Morrison's other raider is Taikoo in the 1m5f handicap but the five-year-old appears to face a tough task under top weight after a 15-month absence and preference is for the in-form Cat O' Nine Tails (4.
This involved the culprit being whipped on the back, usually with a cat o' nine tails - awhip with nine thongs or tails.
I learn with satisfaction that Justice Jon Isaacs of the Caribbean Court of Justice, sitting in the Bahamas (a member of the Commonwealth), has sentenced a resident to eight lashes with the cat o' nine tails for attempting to rape an 83-year-old woman after breaking into her house.