cat's-paw.' name='description'> cat's paw - definition and meaning

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  • noun Alternative form of cat's-paw.

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  • A better type of knot for attaching a rope to a hook than the blackwall hitch; it doesn't slip and needs no constant strain to hold.

    January 9, 2008

  • Also a kind of wind or breeze.

    "...although there were odd cat's paws and small local breezes from other quarters the undoubted general movement of the air was from the westward..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Reverse of the Medal, 91

    "Looking very keenly at the cat's paw traveling over the smooth surface and bearing the Spartan with it..." (92)

    February 24, 2008