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  • n. Alternative form of cat's-paw.


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  • Cocky had darted to the side, but, even as he darted, and as the cat landed on the sill, the cat's paw flashed out sidewise and Cocky leaped straight up, beating the air with his wings so little used to flying.



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  • 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

  • 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