Cat's"-paw`(?), n. 1. (Naut.) (a) A light transitory air which ruffles the surface of the water during a calm, or the ripples made by such a puff of air. (b) A particular hitch or turn in the bight of a rope, into which a tackle may be hooked.
2. A dupe; a tool; one who, or that which, is used by another as an instrument to a accomplish his purposes.
In this sense the term refers to the fable of the monkey using the cat's paw to draw the roasting chestnuts out of the fire.
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