Meaning of cat-o'-nine-tails in English:

cat-o'-nine-tails

Translate cat-o'-nine-tails into Spanish

noun

historical
  • A rope whip with nine knotted cords, formerly used (especially at sea) to flog offenders.

    • ‘Flogging with the cat-o'-nine-tails and hanging were the major punishments.’
    • ‘Selina ignored him, but I thought I could detect a hint of longing in the way she fingered the whip looped at her belt (a cat-o'-nine-tails).’
    • ‘Jesus is beaten with canes, then with an early version of a cat-o'-nine-tails.’
    • ‘Volney claimed that prisons officials were asking judges not to impose the cat-o'-nine-tails since they could not find them.’
    • ‘A moment later, another of the invaders lashed him with a peculiar weapon that looked something like a cat-o'-nine-tails.’
    whip, horsewhip, bullwhip, switch, scourge, flagellum, cat-o'-nine-tails, cat, thong, flail, strap, birch, cane

Origin

Late 17th century alteration of cat of nine tails, possibly with reference to it ‘scratching’ a person's back.

Pronunciation

cat-o'-nine-tails

/katəˈnʌɪnteɪlz/