One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person employed to catch moles. Frequently figurative and in various extended uses, especially as a general term of abuse.
2Slang. The vagina. Compare "mole". Now rare (archaic).
3A counter-espionage operative employed to detect moles.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Tusser (c1524–1580), writer on agriculture and poet. From mole + catcher.
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