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brank

 (brăngk) or branks (brăngks)
n.
A device consisting of a metal frame for the head and a bit to restrain the tongue, formerly used to punish scolds.

[Possibly from Dutch branken, legs (of a compass, scissors, etc.), pl. of branke, branch, from Late Latin branca, paw; see branch.]

brank

(bræŋk)
vb (intr)
dialect Scot (esp of horses) to prance or strut
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Williams outlines things like 'the controversy over woman', scolds and the scold's bridle, aspects of witchcraft trials, folklore and superstition, anti-Catholic sentiment, and the trope of the grotesque.
However, the monster, whose design incorporates a face plate based on a medieval torture device called a scold's bridle, will be portrayed by a star of more than 100 movies.
It was at this point I realised that I didn't find his behaviour funny, or endearing, and if I didn't, I was sure my reader wouldn't: the idea of anyone trying to silence a woman in such a way brought up an image of the scold's bridle, an ancient form of torture used by men to punish their wives.
They'll be joined by The Kathryn Tickell Band, Wheeler Street, Ranarim, The Anna Massie Band, Ruth Notman, and Southport's own Bothy Folk Club with guests, Scold's Bridle and Roger Wilson.
The scold's bridle is one of an array of objects from the town's past which are held in the building opposite the Market Place.
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The Dark Room is based on the book by Minette Walters (who wrote The Sculptress, The Ice House, The Scold's Bridle, etc) and told over two nights - Good Friday and Easter Saturday - on BBC1.
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You can touch the axeman's block where the executioner took five swings with the axe before his victim was beheaded or gaze at the scold's bridle - a spiked contraption designed to stop women talking.
It includes the spooky Hand of Glory - the preserved hand and arm of a young child found hidden in a chimney of a local pub in the 1870s; and the cruel Scold's Bridle - used as a punishment for nagging and gossiping women.
There are diverse, imaginative, cruel and sometimes downright bizarre methods of punishment - from the milder scold's bridle to the goat tongue torture, which involves a dehydrated goat licking the captive's salted feet to the bone.