(nautical) A knot made by twisting a section of rope to form two adjacent eyes through which a hook is passed, used in hoisting.
A person used by another to do dangerous, distasteful, or unlawful work; dupe.
Origin of cat-s-paw
From a fable about a monkey that used a cat's paw to pull chestnuts out of a fire
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.
Cat-s-paw Sentence Examples
The refusal of the Austrians to accept these reasonable terms justified Zamoyski's suspicion that the league would use Poland as a cat's-paw, and the negotiations came to nothing.
Paw Print - Another Wildcats-themed invitation idea involves a cat's paw print.
Beware of the ghost in the night that comes a creeping with cat's-paw silence into your bedroom to steal you away!