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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 real crime of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi and Assad wasn't their brutality but the fact that they weren't the catspaws of the West, particularly in relation to Israel.
The event, sponsored by Chesterbased Aaron and Partners LLP Solicitors attracted entries from both professional and amateur artists, but it was Corwen resident Gerald who received pounds 1,000 for his oil landscape Catspaws off the Land, which shows a mountainous landscape with a choppy sea.
and anti-Israel catspaws who extend Iranian power to other parts of West and Southwest Asia.
The fact that two such resourceful and enterprising characters are ultimately revealed as mere catspaws suggests a pessimistic view towards the possibility of forging one's own destiny.
It was made by conspiring catspaws seeming to be caught in, in a whorl, to the centre" [Hopkins Journals 208; emphasis added]).
To suggest that Africans are basically catspaws in a white and elite black power ploy -- as has Cobbing -- is clearly demeaning to Africans' knowledge and struggles.