draw and quarter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v draw and quarter pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him "in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"
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Usage

In literature:

He accordingly gives him no quarter, and seems determined to draw blood at every stroke.
"Notes and Queries, Number 182, April 23, 1853" by Various
I drawed the bar nearer me, and cut his juglar to see if thar war any relief from that quarter.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
We had a splendid regimental library, also a garrison library, where we could draw and exchange books quarterly.
"A Soldier's Life" by Edwin G. Rundle
She cast her eyes hurriedly on all sides, and saw with alarm that the smoke was drawing in upon them from every quarter.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
Measure one-quarter of an inch from each edge of the table top and draw straight lines as in Fig.
"Little Folks' Handy Book" by Lina Beard
A quarter to six found Gladys and Helen taking a last farewell in the drawing room before Mr. Palsey arrived.
"Daisy Ashford: Her Book" by Daisy Ashford
The other captains, Olid and Alvarado, were to draw off their forces to their respective quarters.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
I shall receive it as your agent, and vest it in bills on Dr Franklin, and remit them to him, so that you may draw upon him quarterly.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
The day was drawing to the close of its first quarter, and yet had the multitude maintained its breathing stillness since its dawn.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
The summer cruising of the squadron was drawing to an end, and the winter quarters at Port Mahon about to be resumed.
"Admiral Farragut" by A. T. Mahan
Then hang me, draw and quarter!
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
And, since you've killed in the King's Palace, they'll draw and quarter you; but you're too mad to care.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
It reached Henriette when she was at tea and Helen when she was at her quarters off duty and drawing.
"The Old Blood" by Frederick Palmer
And every quarter of an hour, thou must put a fresh bandage on his head to draw the heat out.
"The Vulture Maiden" by Wilhelmine von Hillern
We'll draw and quarter him: He's a Capulet.
"Hints to Pilgrims" by Charles Stephen Brooks
At a quarter to ten, after some lingering over cigars and coffee, the party returned to the drawing-room, where card tables were laid.
"From Veldt Camp Fires" by H.A. Bryden
We would draw and quarter it.
"The Little Gleaner, Vol. X." by Various
That meant hanging, drawing, and quartering.
"Starvecrow Farm" by Stanley J. Weyman
The punishment of hanging, drawing, and quartering was so horrible, that it was often mitigated by allowing the victim to hang until he was dead.
"The Life of a Conspirator" by Thomas Longueville
In about three-quarters of an hour they had passed up Portland Place, turned to the left and were drawing near the house they sought.
"The Soul Stealer" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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In poetry:

This priest he merry is and blithe
Three quarters of the year,
But oh! it cuts him like a scythe
When tithing time draws near.
"The Yearly Distress; Or, Tithing-Time At Stock In Essex" by William Cowper

In news:

First-quarter real estate statistics released by the Realtors Association of Maui don't draw a clear picture of what's happening with the buying and selling of homes and condominiums in Maui County.
With the third quarter drawing to a close and the holiday season on the horizon, the country's two biggest discount retailers have a somewhat different outlook for the end of the year.
Nick Price, Issaquah High School senior guard, draws a technical foul and gets benched for doing a pull-up on the rim in the first quarter against Newport High School Dec 9, while scoring two of his game-high 18 points on a breakaway jam.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) draws the foul and scores on Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley (0) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012, in Phoenix.
Harrisburg's Chelsey Kroese scores and draws a foul during the first quarter.
Quarterly drawings for rifles, shotguns, boating gear, custom knives, and more are now part of the the Newsletter package.
China's economy will cool further this quarter as fiscal pump-priming starts to fade and the restocking cycle draws to a close, a government think tank said on Wednesday.
The jackpot is up to a whopping $250 million - a quarter-billion dollars - for Wednesday's drawing, and if no one wins that one, expect the $300 million barrier to be broken for the third time this year.
Down 21-7 midway through the second quarter, Texas will have to scrap the swing passes and draw plays to get back into this game.
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