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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
Cat’s Paw
He beat the bushes and another caught the birds.  French.  1
He has given him the bag to hold.  2
It is good to strike the serpent’s head with your enemy’s hand.  3
To draw the snake out of the hole with another’s hand.  Spanish.  4
To start the hare for another’s profit.  5
To take out a burning coal with another’s hand.  Spanish.  6
To do like the monkey, take the chestnuts out of the fire with the cat’s paw.  7

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