It looked like a walk to mount either a pedestal or a guillotine.
I seized the boats that sailed under the flag of the idea which I am fighting: the idea that need is a sacred idol requiring human sacrifices-that the need of some men is the knife of a guillotine hanging over others-that all of us must live with our work, our hopes, our plans, our efforts at the mercy of the moment when that knife will descend upon us-and that the extent of our ability is the extent of our danger, so that success will bring our heads down on the block, while failure…
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I mean, it was like setting up a guillotine in the public square.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
He burst out laughing and slammed his cleaver on a salmon, its head shooting across the blood-slicked counter to land perfectly in a little guillotine bucket.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children