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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Johnston and De Sousa came close to another winner in the 1m5f handicap but, although he stayed on well, Cat O'Nine Tails just failed to peg back Jewelled Dagger, who made all to gain his second win over course and distance for trainer Keith Dalgleish and owner Robin Galbraith.
The private museum at his home included everything from macabre instruments of torture, like a thumbscrew and cat o'nine tails, to medieval manuscripts.
There were also arms and armour, a thumb screw and cat o'nine tails, medieval manuscripts, a chastity belt, cased insects, animal skulls, Victorian paraphernalia and World War II memorabilia.
If you are nearby you must head along and the winner will be Mark Johnston's CAT O'NINE TAILS (3.
If we had real law and order in force you would never read of such horror attacks because the punishment for violence of this kind would be around 30 strokes of the cat o'nine tails, plus six months' hard labour.
The favourite was to be lashed with the dreaded cat o'nine tails.
The Wimbledon heart-throb will play assassin Silas, who has a nasty habit of whipping himself with a barbed cat o'nine tails between hits.
IN reply to W Gotliffe (Viewpoints, December 22), I disagree with bringing back the birch or the cat o'nine tails.
He it was who doled out the lashes with the cat o'nine tails, usually for the most trivial of offences.
The men were brutally whipped with a cat o'nine tails until they collapsed.
OK, you can even stop whipping yourself with the cat o'nine tails.
The lady, clad in underwear, was wearing a voodoo mask and wielding a cat o'nine tails which she was applying to his podgy buttocks.