strappado

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noun strap·pa·do \stra-ˈpā-(ˌ)dō, -ˈpä-\

Definition of strappado

  1. :  a punishment or torture in which the subject is hoisted by rope and allowed to fall its full length; also :  a machine used to inflict this torture

Origin and Etymology of strappado

modification of Italian strappata, literally, sharp pull


First Known Use: 1560


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