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Cat’s Cradle

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A child’s play, with a piece of twine. Corrupt for cratchcradle or manger cradle, in which the infant Saviour was laid. Cratch is the French crèchē (a rack or manger), and to the present hour the racks which stand in fields for cattle to eat from are called cratches.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Cat and Dog
Cat and Fiddle
Cat and Kittens
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Cat i the Adage (The)
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Cat-o-nine-tails
Cat Proverbs
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