Catharine wheel

Cath´a`rine wheel`

1.See catherine wheel.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Meantime the nearest bridge had been illuminated, and from several rafts anchored in the river, meteor showers of rockets, Roman candles, bombs, serpents, and Catharine wheels were being discharged in wasteful profusion into the sky--a marvelous sight indeed to a person as little used to such spectacles as I was.
Wasim Akram is the catharine wheel of international cricket, who has turned into something of a damp squib too often in the last 12 months as age takes his toll.