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guillotine

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Definition 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
  • She followed the sounds and, coming to the end of a shallow passage, found Dodge, Bibwit, Hatter, General Doppelganger, the white knight, and the rook kneeling with their hands fastened behind them, their heads locked in an enormous guillotine.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
guillotine = a device used to behead people who are to be executed by the state
  • 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
  • guillotine = a device used to behead people who are to be executed by the state
  • There were a dozen gentlemen there in morning coats and gowns, and a newly erected guillotine.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • I mean, it was like setting up a guillotine in the public square.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They believed in the perfect society reached through the guillotine and the firing squad.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • 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
  • Still, they will not guillotine her.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • 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 looked like a walk to mount either a pedestal or a guillotine.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Another had a guillotine.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • 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
  • 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 captain bowed again, which made him look a little too much like a guillotine.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • 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
  • His neck, exposed as if in, preparation for the guillotine, was sprinkled with Pop-Tarts crumbs.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • 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
  • "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
  • And get that guillotine away from my neck while you're waving your hands like that.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • The one thing Matron allowed her to do without supervision was to use the foreskin guillotine.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone

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