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I mean, it was like setting up a guillotine in the public square.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  a device used to behead people who are to be executed by the state (most associated with the French Revolution); or executing someone in such a manner
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A guillotine consists of a weighted blade that falls downward between two vertical poles.
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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
  • They believed in the perfect society reached through the guillotine and the firing squad.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The barricade looked like a guillotine waiting to crush intruders.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • The captain bowed again, which made him look a little too much like a guillotine.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Still, they will not guillotine her.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Mr. Patch-Withers’ face was reaching a brilliant shade, and his wife’s head fell as though before the guillotine.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • According to the received code in such matters, it would have been nothing short of duty, in a politician, to bring every one of those white heads under the axe of the guillotine.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • What had struck me at the time was the neat appearance of the guillotine; its shining surfaces and finish reminded me of some laboratory instrument.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • His neck, exposed as if in, preparation for the guillotine, was sprinkled with Pop-Tarts crumbs.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song

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  • Another had a guillotine.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • When we had shaken hands and he was gone, I opened the staircase window and had nearly beheaded myself, for, the lines had rotted away, and it came down like the guillotine.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • As for the Bishop, it was a shock to him to have beheld the guillotine, and it was a long time before he recovered from it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Then I lifted my right hand with the razor and let it drop of its own weight, like a guillotine, onto the calf of my leg.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • I was waiting for it to happen, the way a condemned man must wait that last hundredth of a second for the guillotine to fall.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • It was the first time Franz had ever seen a guillotine,—we say guillotine, because the Roman mandaia is formed on almost the same model as the French instrument.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The guillotine of the French Revolution can’t compete, and even in the cellars of the Russian secret police they haven’t devised such virtuoso methods of mass slaughter.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Alyss again imagined wads of the sticky substance shooting from her sleeves, gumming up the guillotine’s works and keeping its blade from falling.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • The outer rim of the clearing was littered with extra logs and construction equipment—an earthmover; a big crane thing with rotating blades at the end like an electric shaver—must be a tree harvester, Leo thought—and a long metal column with an ax blade, like a sideways guillotine—a hydraulic ax.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Sergeant Grospierre had been sent to the guillotine for allowing a whole family of aristos to slip out of the North Gate under his very nose.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • What this folk needed, then, was a Reign of Terror and a guillotine, and I was the wrong man for them.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • And so, covered with his brothers’ kisses, Richard is dragged on to the scaffold, and led to the guillotine.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • There were a dozen gentlemen there in morning coats and gowns, and a newly erected guillotine.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • It looked like a walk to mount either a pedestal or a guillotine.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • "I’m afraid, after all, you won’t have the pleasure of going gracefully to the guillotine here just now," Mr. Touchett went on.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • All resistance had been rendered impossible to him by what was then called, in the style of the criminal chancellery, "the vehemence and firmness of the bonds" which means that the thongs and chains probably cut into his flesh; moreover, it is a tradition of jail and wardens, which has not been lost, and which the handcuffs still preciously preserve among us, a civilized, gentle, humane people (the galleys and the guillotine in parentheses).
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I’d craft elaborate covers—a tiny, two-dimensional working guillotine for my essay on A Tale of Two Cities; a science lab on prisms with the header rainbowed in multiple colors; a scarlet letter for . well, you get the picture.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • But the former Nashville professor was horrified by the mad passion of the House in rushing through the impeachment resolution by evidence against Johnson "based on falsehood," and by the "corrupt and dishonorable" Ben Butler, "a wicked man who seeks to convert the Senate of the United States into a political guillotine."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The one thing Matron allowed her to do without supervision was to use the foreskin guillotine.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • And get that guillotine away from my neck while you’re waving your hands like that.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • "I’m afraid, after all, you won’t have the pleasure of going gracefully to the guillotine here just now," Mr. Touchett went on.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Without a moment’s hesitation, she lifted the heavy blade above her head and— The cleaver froze, poised like a guillotine, above the unsuspecting man.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • The apartment of the jailer and his keys is where I put this thumb; and here at my wrist they keep the national razor in its case—the guillotine locked up.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • A shout greeted the arrival of the guillotine, which was thrust forward on the same wheels that had borne it from one to another of the bloodstained streets of Paris.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • Instead of going to Cleveland with their necks shaved for the drop of the guillotine blade, they would show up with battle plans drawn to reverse the effects of the Zingers snafu.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • The Quai d’Orsay wants my underwear burned with me in it, and were it not for certain information I possess regarding several members of the Assembly, they would no doubt revive the guillotine.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • At Lyon, where the guillotine wasthought too slow a means of dispensing with antirevolutionaries, hundreds were mown down by cannon fire.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • They put a man inside a frame and a sort of broad knife falls by machinery—they call the thing a guillotine-it falls with fearful force and weight-the head springs off so quickly that you can’t wink your eye in between.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • In addition, he restored the final /e/ in /determine/, /discipline/, /requisite/, /imagine/, etc. In 1838, revising his dictionary, he abandoned a good many spellings that had appeared in either the 1806 or the 1828 edition, notably /maiz/ for /maize/, [Pg252] /suveran/ for /sovereign/ and /guillotin/ for /guillotine/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The airbag inflates, comes back down a second later like a curtain revealing the structure of his new life: he is stuck in a dead car in an empty pool in a TMAWH, the sirens of the Burbclave’s security police are approaching, and there’s a pizza behind his head, resting there like the blade of a guillotine, with 25:17 on it.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Born with the appendages of power, circumcised by a guillotine, and baptized with the steam from a million nonreflective mirrors, these young men wouldn’t be called upon to thrust a bayonet into an Asian farmer, target a torpedo, scatter their iron seed from a B-52 into the wound of the earth, point a finger to move a nation, or stick a pole into the moon—and they knew it.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • The word "wife" seemed to serve as a gloomy reminder to Defarge, to say with sudden impatience, "In the name of that sharp female newly-born, and called La Guillotine, why did you come to France?"
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • " Do you not see," he said, " the penalty of learning, and that each of these scholars whom you have met at S-, though he were to be the last man, would, like the executioner in Hood’s poem, guillotine the last but one ?
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • The guillotine is the concretion of the law; it is called vindicte; it is not neutral, and it does not permit you to remain neutral.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Me, thought Will, seeing the guillotine flash, the Egyptian mirrors unfold accordions of light, and the sulphur-skinned devil-man sipping lava, like gunpowder tea.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • What think you of Marat clapping his hands at the guillotine?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’You’ll go to the guillotine for this, citoyen sergeant! that cart held concealed the CI-DEVANT Duc de Chalis and all his family!’
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Citoyen Grospierre had paid for his blunder on the guillotine, but what a fool! oh! what a fool!
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
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