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Cat whipping (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Cat whipping

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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