Chinese water torture

noun

Definition of Chinese water torture

  1. :  a form of torture in which a person is restrained and subjected to repetitive drips of water on the forehead I heard beeping for two days … It was driving me crazy like Chinese water torture. — Carol Kallberg, Daily Record (Wooster, Ohio), 14 Oct. 2012 —often used figuratively Better to execute layoffs quickly and decisively, experts say … The alternate—the drip-drip-drip of repeated downsizings—is a Chinese water torture that kills morale and productivity. — Daniel McGinn, Newsweek, 25 June 2001

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First Known Use of chinese water torture

1892


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