Strappadoes
Strappado Strap*pa"do, n.; pl. {Strappadoes}. [It. strappata a pull, the strappado, from strappare to pull, from Prov. G. strapfen: cf. G. straff tense, stretched.] A military punishment formerly practiced, which consisted in drawing an offender to the top of a beam and letting him fall to the length of the rope, by which means a limb was often dislocated. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • Strappado — Strap*pa do, n.; pl. {Strappadoes}. [It. strappata a pull, the strappado, from strappare to pull, from Prov. G. strapfen: cf. G. straff tense, stretched.] A military punishment formerly practiced, which consisted in drawing an offender to the top …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • strappado — /streuh pay doh, pah /, n., pl. strappadoes. 1. an old form of punishment or torture in which the victim, with arms bound behind, was raised from the ground by a rope fastened to the wrists, abruptly released, then arrested with a painful jerk… …   Universalium

  • strappado — /strəˈpeɪdoʊ/ (say struh paydoh), / ˈpadoʊ/ (say pahdoh) noun (plural strappadoes) 1. a form of punishment or torture in which the victim, tied to a rope, was raised to a height and suddenly let fall almost to the ground. 2. the instrument used… …   Australian English dictionary

  • strappado — [strə pā′dō, strəpä′dō] n. pl. strappadoes [It strappata < strappare, to pull < Gmc, as in Ger dial. (Swiss) strapfen, to pull tight (akin to Ger strafen, to punish) < IE * strep < base * (s)ter , stiff > STARE] 1. a former kind of …   English World dictionary

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