Cat whipping (Grose 1811 Dictionary)
Whipping the cat
A trick often
practised on ignorant country fellows, vain of their strength,
by laying a wager with them that they may be pulled
through a pond by a cat. The bet being made, a rope is
fixed round the waist of the party to be catted, and the
end thrown across the pond, to which the cat is also
fastened by a packthread, and three or four sturdy fellows
are appointed to lead and whip the cat; these on a signal
given, seize the end of the cord, and pretending to whip
the cat, haul the astonished booby through the water.
—To whip the cat, is also a term among tailors for working
jobs at private houses, as practised in the country.
Definition taken from
The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,
originally by Francis Grose.
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