- a person used to serve the purposes of another; tool.
- a hitch made in the bight of a rope so that two eyes are formed to hold the hook of one block of a tackle.
- a light breeze that ruffles the surface of the water over a comparatively small area.
- the small area ruffled by such a breeze.
Origin of cat's-paw
First recorded in 1650–60
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- a person used by another as a tool; dupe
- nautical a hitch in the form of two loops, or eyes, in the bight of a line, used for attaching it to a hook
- a pattern of ripples on the surface of water caused by a light wind
(sense 1) C18: so called from the tale of the monkey who used a cat's paw to draw chestnuts out of a fire
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