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or gar·rotte  (gə-rŏt′, -rōt′)
a. A method of execution formerly practiced in Spain, in which a tightened iron collar is used to strangle or break the neck of a condemned person.
b. The iron collar used for such an execution.
a. Strangulation, especially in order to rob.
b. A cord or wire used for strangling.
tr.v. gar·rot·ed, gar·rot·ing, gar·rotes or gar·rot·ted or gar·rot·ting or gar·rottes
1. To execute by garrote.
2. To strangle in order to rob.

[Spanish, cudgel, instrument of torture, possibly from Old French garrot, perhaps from garoquier, to struggle.]

gar·rot′er n.
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Noun1.garroter - someone who kills by strangling
killer, slayer - someone who causes the death of a person or animal
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He is a harmless enough fellow, Parker by name, a garroter by trade, and a remarkable performer upon the jew's-harp.
After Reiner explains the bolito's operation, the Counselor asks why no one actually sees the garroter escape after dropping the device over a victim's head: "Oh.
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