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    "A cat of nine tails"

    "He was beaten with a cat of nine tails."

    Is "A cat of nine tails" a contemporary term? Is "A cat of nine tails" still used nowadays?
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    Re: "A cat of nine tails"

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    "He was beaten with a cat of nine tails."

    Is "A cat of nine tails" a contemporary term? Is "A cat of nine tails" still used nowadays?
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    I believe that the term is "Cat O Nine Tails", though I have also heard "Cat And Nine Tails". Seeing that the "Cat" was a whip used by the English military, and that they probably don't use this method of punishment any more, I don't believe that the term is all that popular. It is used occasionally in a jocular manner.

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    Re: "A cat of nine tails"

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    "He was beaten with a cat of nine tails."

    Is "A cat of nine tails" a contemporary term? Is "A cat of nine tails" still used nowadays?
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    The term is used in historical references. The implement is not used.

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    Re: "A cat of nine tails"

    It's normally written cat o' nine tails or cat-o'-nine-tails. I doubt that I've heard it spoken even once in my life, but it is certainly not obsolete. Perhaps it has a whiff of the archaic about it.

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    Re: "A cat of nine tails"

    According to the wikipedia article, the implement is still in use in several countries.
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