under pain of
phrasal see on pain of

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  • under pain of — See: ON PAIN OF also UNDER PAIN OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • under pain of — See: ON PAIN OF also UNDER PAIN OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Under penalty of — Penalty Pe nal*ty, n.; pl. {Penalties}. [F. p[ e]nalit[ e]. See {Penal}.] 1. Penal retribution; punishment for crime or offense; the suffering in person or property which is annexed by law or judicial decision to the commission of a crime,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on pain of — also[under pain of] {prep.}, {formal} At the risk of; under penalty of. * /The workers went on strike on pain of losing their jobs./ * /The rebels had to swear under pain of death never to confess where their comrades were hiding./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on pain of — also[under pain of] {prep.}, {formal} At the risk of; under penalty of. * /The workers went on strike on pain of losing their jobs./ * /The rebels had to swear under pain of death never to confess where their comrades were hiding./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on pain of — adverb Subject to the punishment or circumstance of. Although he did not want to, on pain of detention he gave up his cohorts. Syn: upon pain of, under pain of …   Wiktionary

  • on pain of — or under pain of phrasal subject to penalty or punishment of < made to leave the country on pain of death > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pain — (p[=a]n), n. [OE. peine, F. peine, fr. L. poena, penalty, punishment, torment, pain; akin to Gr. poinh penalty. Cf. {Penal}, {Pine} to languish, {Punish}.] 1. Punishment suffered or denounced; suffering or evil inflicted as a punishment for crime …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pain — /payn/, n. 1. physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc. 2. a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body: a back pain. 3. mental or emotional suffering or torment: I am sorry my news causes you such pain. 4. pains …   Universalium

  • Under — Un der, prep. [AS. under, prep. & adv.; akin to OFries. under, OS. undar, D. onder, G. unter, OHG. untar, Icel. undir, Sw. & Dan. under, Goth. undar, L. infra below, inferior lower, Skr. adhas below. [root]201. Cf. {Inferior}.] 1. Below or lower …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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