Definition of Chinese water torture
- I heard beeping for two days … It was driving me crazy like Chinese water torture.
- —Carol Kallberg, Daily Record (Wooster, Ohio), 14 Oct. 2012
- 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