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thumb·screw

 (thŭm′skro͞o′)
n.
1. A screw designed so that it can be turned with the thumb and fingers.
2. An instrument of torture formerly used to compress the thumb.

thumbscrew

(ˈθʌmˌskruː)
n
1. (Historical Terms) an instrument of torture that pinches or crushes the thumbs
2. (Tools) a screw with projections on its head enabling it to be turned by the thumb and forefinger

thumb•screw

(ˈθʌmˌskru)

n.
1. a screw having a flat head that may be turned easily with the thumb and forefinger.
2. an old instrument of torture by which one or both thumbs were compressed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thumbscrew - instrument of torture that crushes the thumbthumbscrew - instrument of torture that crushes the thumb
instrument of torture - an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person
2.thumbscrew - screw designed to be turned with the thumb and fingers
screw - a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head
Translations

thumbscrew

[ˈθʌmskruː] Nempulgueras fpl

thumbscrew

thumb screw [ˈθʌmskruː] n (= torture device) → poucettes fpl
to put the thumbscrews on sb (= put under extreme pressure) → mettre à qn le couteau sous la gorge

thumbscrew

[ˈθʌmˌskruː] n (instrument of torture) strumento di tortura con cui si schiacciano i pollici (Tech) → vite f con testa ad alette
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