strapado

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n strapado a form of torture in which the hands are tied behind a person's back and they are lifted off the ground by a rope tied to their wrists, then allowed to drop until their fall is checked with a jerk by the rope
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Usage

In literature:

May you never shit till you be soundly lashed with stirrup leather, never piss but by the strapado, nor be otherwise warmed than by the bastinado.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
May you never shit till you be soundly lashed with stirrup leather, never piss but by the strapado, nor be otherwise warmed than by the bastinado.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
The masters being all tortured, the slaves next received the strapado.
"The Monarchs of the Main, Volume II (of 3)" by Walter Thornbury
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