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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When the weather cooperated, Monica would return to check on Catspaw and her calf.
The new Ethiopian government, now not communist but a catspaw of the West, is in a state of perpetual war with its neighbours, by proxy in the Sudan and, as a proxy for Britain and the US, in Somalia.
The Unionidae (Mollusca:Bivalvia) of the Walhonding River, Coshocton County, Ohio, including a survey for the Catspaw (Epioblasma obliquata obliquata) and the Fanshcll (Cyprogenia stegaria).
But in the last stanza of "The swimmers" it is the whole community who share the unspoken guilt and the dead man is not passed off as a catspaw of interfering liberals:
His removal in 362 was prompted by his refusal to act as pagan emperor Julian's catspaw in fomenting Christian infighting.
Many Iraqis see SCIRI as an Iranian catspaw, and it has only localized support within Iraq.
While Gayoom has been using Waheed as his catspaw to implement decisions against Nasheed, he has been using the fundamentalist Islamic Adalaath Party to launch street protests against GMR and the Indian High Commissioner to boot.
The Unionidae (Mollusca:Bivalvia) of the Walhonding River, Coshocton County, Ohio, including the federally endangered catspaw (Epioblasma obliquata obliquata), fanshell (Cyprogenia stegaria), and clubshell (Pleurobema clava) mussels.
They are answerable to nobody but Tony Blair and his hand-picked, catspaw Intelligence Services Committee.