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cat-o'-nine-tails

noun [S] uk   /ˌkæt.əˈnaɪn.teɪlz/  us   /ˌkæt̬-/ (informal cat)
a whip (= a long, thin device for hitting) made from rope that has nine ends, that was used especially in the past for hitting people to punish them
Translations of “cat-o'-nine-tails”
in Chinese (Traditional) (舊時用於體罰的)九尾鞭…
in Chinese (Simplified) (旧时用于体罚的)九尾鞭…
(Definition of cat-o'-nine-tails from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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