thumbscrew


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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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On the contrary, the speeding-up seemed to be growing more savage all the time; they were continually inventing new devices to crowd the work on--it was for all the world like the thumbscrew of the medieval torture chamber.
The age of thumbscrews and the rack was, after all, a very virile age.
and with a sudden gesture he plucked forth the offending corsets from under the sofa cushion, and held them out with the expression one would wear on beholding the thumbscrews or the rack of ancient times.
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And on Wednesday Mr Osborne will set out his first package of thumbscrew measures which aren't impeded by the restraints of coalition.
despite its limitations, The Club grips like a thumbscrew.
A small thumbscrew allows you to quickly lock the sight in place, while an indicator needle and legend tape shows exactly where the pins are set The AX.
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From the Iron Maiden, the Guillotine, and the Scavenger's Daughter to the Ear Chopper, the Thumbscrew, and the Ducking Stool, "Infernal Device" reveals the fundamental brutality of torture devices and is strongly recommended to the attention of those who are engaged on either side of the current national debate over the complex issues involved with waterboarding and other means of 'harsh interrogation'.
The Thumb Nut series of thumbscrews with internal female thread can be used as a stand-alone thumbscrew or in conjunction with the company's Instant Thumbscrew Knob to create a thumbscrew with a check nut, thereby facilitating locking down an adjustment.
The plastic knob portion of the thumbscrew is offered in black and will soon be available in red, gray, and yellow.
The English class system, as entrenched as any despite nominal democratization, maintains a firm thumbscrew on minorities and the improverished.