The cat

What is "The cat" ?

Today it means: An old and outdated instrument of punishment.

"The cat" refers to "The cat of nine tails" which was a short knotted whip with nine tails used for punishment on-board Navy ships. It was quite often kept in a bag on main mast to remind the crew what they would get if they broke the rules.

See also: Not enough room to swing a cat  and: Let the cat out of the bag 

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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