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Maron

or Marron (French). A catspaw (q.v.). “Se servir de la patte du chat pour tirer les marrons du feu;” in Italian, “Cavare i marroni dal fuoco colla zampa del gatto.”

Cest ne se point commettre a faire de l'élat
Et tirer les marrons de la patte du chat.

L'Etourdi, iii. 7.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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