random interesting thing

cat's paw (cats paw) noun

1. Someone used as a tool by another.

2. A kind of knot used to connect a rope to an object.

3. A breeze that ruffles the surface of the water over a small area.

[The first sense of the term comes from the fable in which a monkey uses

a cat to pull roasting chestnuts from a fire. The monkey gobbles up all

the nuts while the cat is left with a burnt paw. See Edwin Landseer's

1824 painting Cat's Paw: http://museumsyndicate.com/item.php?item=2992

The second sense refers to the supposed resemblance of such a knot to

a cat's paw: http://images.google.com/images?q=cat's+paw+knot

The origin of the third sense is unknown.]

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