cat's-paw

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cat's-paw

A person who is used by another to achieve some end, especially in a duplicitous or cynical manner. Taken from a fable about a monkey who uses a cat's paw to retrieve chestnuts from a fire. I thought that Jake really loved me, but in the end, I was just a cat's-paw so he could stir up jealousy in his ex-boyfriend.
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regime, September 07, 2009 (Frontier Star): Nawaz Sharif MURREE, PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif has emphasized that PML-N will not become a cats paw for anyone to sabotage the democratic process in the country and the ongoing crisis of the country could be addressed only through a revolution.
The versatile design of the bright yellow ScrubSafe allows it to be used on one side to contain scalpels, drain trocars, K-wires, Steinman pins, skin hooks, and Cats Paw retractors; special sloping sides guide and capture instruments in a position that allows only safe grasping to occur.
The Cats Paw has been in use for 5 years with Occupational Therapists, and Chiropractors and is available through Health Product Catalogs (or call 1-800-228-7729, $9).
Extensive group studies have shown the Cats Paw to be effective with over 60% of users and Corporate Safety Managers have been including it in ergonomic programs for over 3 years," according to Gibney.
Made of medical grade neoprene the Cats Paw is a paw shaped device with holes in it.
The Cats Paw allows you to exercise the muscles which open your hand, creating expansion.
Similar to cats paws which compress together during its propulsion phase and expand during stance phase to provide cushioning, PUMA Mobium Elite's 'Expansion Pods' on the outsole of the shoe expand and contract with the foot.
Rock salt used on foot paths can irritate foot pads so on returning from walks clean your dog and cats paws.
The Stikitty changed that-it's lightweight, doesn't hurt cats paws, and doesn't need to be shaken out.
Some people find that putting butter on cats paws helps them to smell their way home if they get lost.
They fear the lighters in the shape of animals, dice, beer tankards, car wheels, cats paws and bullets will appeal to children.