Definition of cat's paw in English:

cat's paw

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  • A person who is used by another to carry out an unpleasant or dangerous task: he was merely a cat’s paw of older and cleverer men
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    • We now have many senators who are mere cat's paws for the special interests.
    • Apparently these protesters wanted to make the point that their political context and demands were completely local and that they could not be dismissed as cat's paws of Iran.
    • So there's no point waiting to call him what he is: an enemy of progressive change in this country and a cat's paw of the Republican party.

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