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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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Display of Morpeth's treasures, including the silver mace from 1604 - the oldest working civic mace in the country, cannon balls from the 1644 siege of Morpeth Castle and a scold's bridle for gossips or scolding wives.
The scold's bridle (or brank's bridle, or branks) is an artifact we now see on display in museums, but from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries in Europe (England, Wales, Germany, and Scotland) it was used to punish women who had a lashing, scathing tongue, to punish chatterboxes, gossips, busybodies, yentas, yakety yaks, nags, harpies, shrews, vixens, quibblers, spitfires, hags, magpies, blabbermouths, loudmouths, prattlers, tattletales, hawkers, fussbudgets, floozies .
The gruesome scold's bridle is one of the forms of punishment on display at a new exhibition which opens today.
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.
REAL THRILLER: Trudie Styler and Douglas Hodge star in The Scold's Bridle, UKTV Drama, 9.
Georgina approached the Winslet family after seeing Beth in her TV screen debut aged just 17 in the BBC's version of Minette Walter's novel The Scold's Bridle.
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.
She also starred in The Scold's Bridle and Berkeley Square.
The commentary does not go to the extremes of recent productions which align Petruchio's taming with brainwashing, but nevertheless there is a tendency to use unduly heavy language for the events of the play, and to dwell on the sufferings of women, even while noting that some forms of torture, the scold's bridle, for instance, were rarely used.