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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A device designed to be turned with the fingers; Instrument of torture that crushes a finger.

Usage examples (29)
  • The thumbscrew was a little thing, but caused great agony.
  • There was a machine called the piniwinkies -- a kind of thumbscrew, which brought blood from under the finger nails, with a pain successfully terrible.
  • Nary a thumbscrew, not so much as a used nipple-clamp.
  • To the thumbscrew and the stake, for the glory of the Lord. for more
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