ico262 發問時間: 社會與文化語言 · 1 0 年前

請問cat's-paws

有人知道cat\'s- paws是什麼意思嗎?

它又有什麼典故呢?

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  • 1 0 年前
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    Cat's Paws你可以在 Answers.com 或是 American Heritage Dictionary 查到他的解釋,摘錄如下:被別人欺騙或利用的人。(A person used by another as a dupe or tool.)吹皺少部分水面的微風。(A light breeze that ruffles small areas of a water surface.)(航海用語) 一種繩結,將一段繩子做出臉個相鄰的圈,穿過後成結,用於拉舉物品。(Nautical. A knot made by twisting a section of rope to form two adjacent eyes through which a hook is passed, used in hoisting.)因為你提到 "典故",所以是第一個解釋,其典故是:有個古老(十六世紀)寓言故事,是說一隻猴子勸誘一隻貓把牠的掌子伸到火裏去撈出栗子,而不用自己的手,所以Cat's Paws就引伸為被人利用的人(也就是愚蠢的人)的意思。A dupe or tool for another, a sucker, as in You always try to make a cat's paw of me, but I refuse to do any more of your work. This term alludes to a very old tale about a monkey that persuades a cat to pull chestnuts out of the fire so as to avoid burning its own paws. The story dates from the 16th century and versions of it (some with a dog) exist in many languages.

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