Meaning of cat's-paw


Pronunciation: (kats'pô"), [key]
— n.
  1. a person used to serve the purposes of another; tool.
    1. 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.
    2. a light breeze that ruffles the surface of the water over a comparatively small area.
    3. the small area ruffled by such a breeze.
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