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1 definition found
 for cat-o''-nine-tails
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cat o' nine tails \Cat" o' nine" tails`\, cat-o'-nine-tails
  \cat"-o'-nine"-tails`\n.
     1. a whip used as an instrument of punishment consisting of
        nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle;
        -- formerly used to flog offenders on the bare back; --
        called also the cat. It was used in the British Navy to
        maintain discipline on board sailing ships.
  
     Syn: cat.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] Catopter

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