Cat-s-paw meaning

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A person used by another as a dupe or tool.
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A light breeze that ruffles small areas of a water surface.
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A light breeze that ripples the surface of water.
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(naut.) A hitch in the bight of a rope, used to form two loops through which a hook can be passed.
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(figuratively) A pawn or dupe; somebody who has been unwittingly tricked into acting in another's interest.
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A knot of a certain kind resembling a lark’s-foot hitch; see cat's paw for more detailed information.
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A breeze that ruffles patches of a water surface.
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A small crowbar.
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Alternative form of cat's-paw.
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(nautical) A knot made by twisting a section of rope to form two adjacent eyes through which a hook is passed, used in hoisting.
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A person used by another to do dangerous, distasteful, or unlawful work; dupe.
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Origin of cat-s-paw

  • From a fable about a monkey that used a cat's paw to pull chestnuts out of a fire

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Meaning 1: From a fable, perhaps of Aesop's, in which a crafty monkey uses flattery to convince a cat to pull hot chestnuts from a fire. The cat singes his paw, and the monkey gobbles up the chestnuts leaving none for the cat. Meaning 2: Probably due to resemblance in terms of shape.

    From Wiktionary