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 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.
After the war, however, whatever positions the writers adopt, whether the militant Christian pacificism of von Unruh or the implied concern of Andersch that a process of mourning repressed by post-war reconstruction should take its course in a spirit of reconciliation, or the hint by Heiner Muller that that process, if it is not yet over, demands a new form of public representation, the dead cease to be the catspaws of the politically motivated.