- 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
Letters are found in Mr. Catspaw's room addressed to Tengelyi; and, besides, here is the notary's stick!
Catspaw: To apply the purchase or tackle to the fall of another.The Gunner's Examiner|Harold E. Cloke
When he came to the throne he found himself a catspaw between his natural brothers and ambitious nobles.The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia|William Somerset Maugham
If A acted of his own motive, he is a knave; if A did not act of his own motive, he is a catspaw.Logic, Inductive and Deductive|William Minto
Mr. Catspaw snatched the papers from him and ran back, while the Pandurs hastened to the spot and surrounded Viola.