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 for cat''''s-paw
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cat's-paw \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.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A dupe; a tool; one who, or that which, is used by another
        as an instrument to a accomplish his purposes.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: 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.
           [1913 Webster]

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