tumbril


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tum·brel

or tum·bril  (tŭm′brəl)
n.
1. A two-wheeled cart, especially a farmer's cart that can be tilted to dump a load.
2. A crude cart used to carry condemned prisoners to their place of execution, as during the French Revolution.

[Middle English tumberell, from Old French tomberel, from tomber, to fall, perhaps of Germanic origin and akin to English tumble.]

tumbril

A two-wheeled cart used to take condemned prisoners to the guillotine.
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Noun1.tumbril - a farm dumpcart for carrying dungtumbril - a farm dumpcart for carrying dung; carts of this type were used to carry prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution
dumpcart - a cart that can be tilted to empty contents without handling
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She knew the hour at which the tumbril with those condemned to die passed the windows; and at the first signal would close them and draw the curtain.
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The handbrake is off and we are rolling downhill faster than a speeding tumbril.
And we had two bass drums, one tightly-strung, the other as cavernous as the sound of a tumbril, in response to Verdi's detailed instructions.
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A tumbril of words, Mossbawn, scree, bullaun, Unknown to me, deeply known, Echoed down a long chamber inside.
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