nail pulling

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Noun1.nail pulling - a form of torture in which the fingernails or toenails are removed
torturing, torture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
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One of my favorite tools for demolition is the Crescent Code Red Nail Pulling Pliers.
If nails and other fasteners are not removed properly with a nail pulling tool like the Kwick Gripper, large pieces of wood or other material can break off.
Methods of torture reportedly include nail pulling, beatings, sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic drugs.
Amnesty International has documented credible allegations of torture in Saudi prisons, including sleep deprivation, whippings, electric shocks, cigarette burns, and nail pulling.
Then, hopefully, they'll keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn't cut off his foot to take his mind off the pain of the nail pulling.