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cat-o'-nine-tails (n.)

"nine pieces of knotted cord fastened to a handle and used to flog the bare back," 1690s, probably so called in reference to its "claws." It was a legal instrument of punishment in British Navy until 1881.

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Definitions of cat-o'-nine-tails from WordNet

cat-o'-nine-tails (n.)
a whip with nine knotted cords;
Synonyms: cat
From wordnet.princeton.edu

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