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Peta cat on the sidewalk when they do this
The A's never did this back when I sold 'em
I could be a startup that wasn't good at business
When you see the three, you'd better hold 'em

What am I?

There are 5 clues in this riddle, and each must be identified and explained to get the check!

Hints:

The first clue is in the first line: "Peta" is not a typo.
The second clue is something cats do on the side walk, usually to scratch their back. I am a four letter word

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  • $\begingroup$ Peta = pet a? Typo or clue? $\endgroup$ – Duncan May 12 '16 at 22:47
  • $\begingroup$ It's not a typo. $\endgroup$ – corsiKa May 13 '16 at 3:59
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    $\begingroup$ (hey solvers, you might wanna click edit) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi May 14 '16 at 1:07
  • $\begingroup$ Clever hidden formatting :) $\endgroup$ – Xylius May 14 '16 at 10:35
  • $\begingroup$ I added another clue :-) $\endgroup$ – corsiKa May 15 '16 at 17:22
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The answer is

flop

Peta cat on the sidewalk when they do this

Cats can flop onto their backs to scratch themselves. You can pet a cat while it is doing this. In addition, "peta" can refer to a petaflop, which in computing is one quadrillion floating point operations per second.

The A's never did this back when I sold 'em

This is referring to the A drive on a computer, which used to be a 3.5" floppy drive. 3.5" disks weren't actually floppy. (Thanks DylanSp.)

I could be a startup that wasn't good at business

Anything that fails can be said to be a flop.

When you see the three, you'd better hold 'em

This is referring to the 3 face up "flop" cards in the game of Texas hold 'em.

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you add those 5 clues (about which everyone knows) to complete the answer. This answer seems right to me. +1 $\endgroup$ – manshu May 15 '16 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ @manshu I am actually not sure why certain clues were labeled as such, as they don't seem like clues to me. $\endgroup$ – pacoverflow May 15 '16 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know either. But I was saying just because it was the requirement of the question. $\endgroup$ – manshu May 15 '16 at 17:59
  • $\begingroup$ You've got most of the clues, but the A's is a little off. I'm sure a driven individual will be able to help. $\endgroup$ – corsiKa May 16 '16 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ @the A's clue: is it referring to the fact that the A: drive was customarily used for 3.5'' disks, which weren't actually floppy (despite the name)? $\endgroup$ – DylanSp May 16 '16 at 19:13

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