cat's-paw


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Synonyms for cat's-paw

a person used or controlled by others

Synonyms for cat's-paw

a person used by another to gain an end

a hitch in the middle of rope that has two eyes into which tackle can be hooked

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The footwork was cat's-paw soft, and the gentle distortions of her choreography rendered with lush assurance.
According to the Newsweek reporter (whose book expresses deep discomfort at his having become "a player--one of the acts in the scandal circus"), he never realized he was being used as a cat's-paw in a conspiracy against Clinton.
Knopf turned down my first collection of stories after playing games with it, or at least the game of cat's-paw, now rolling it over and saying they were going to publish it and then rolling it on its back when the president of the company announced it wouldn't sell.
Whoever is really pulling the strings has hired the most implacable of cat's-paws, Valentin Zukovsky (``The Full Monty's'' Robert Carlyle).