a person used as a tool by another
a slight breeze seen as ripples on the sea surface
(there’s also a nautical term relating to knots, but Gert couldn’t understand a word of it).
But did you know that catspaw meaning a person used by another was originally catsfoot, and this came from the tale of a monkey using the paw of a cat to rake chestnuts out of the fire?
And we’ll complete this cat-lesson with two nice proverbs we hadn’t heard before:
a cat in gloves catches no mice
wanton kittens make sober cats
Any other quaint cat sayings?