- 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
Examples from the Web for catspaw
Historical Examples of catspaw
Maman and Caughnega have been making a catspaw of you to do their dirty work.Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
What astonished me most, however, was the facility with which the Baron made a catspaw of him.Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
She was commiserated as a catspaw, and sneered at as a dupe.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Was this little alien waif to be made a catspaw for her revenge?Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
Catspaw: To apply the purchase or tackle to the fall of another.The Gunner's Examiner
Harold E. Cloke