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a device or instrument used to strangle a person; strangulation or throttling
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garret – a small attic
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gar·roteor 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.]
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n., v. -rot•ed, -rot•ing or -rot•ted, -rot•ting. n.
1. a method of execution in which an iron collar is tightened around a person's neck until death occurs.
2. the collarlike instrument used for this.
3. strangulation or throttling, esp. in the course of a robbery.
4. a cord or wire used for strangling.v.t.
5. to execute or stangle with the garrote.
[1615–25; < Sp garrote or French garrot cudgel, of uncertain orig.]
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Past participle: garroted
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|Noun||1.||garrote - an instrument of execution for execution by strangulation|
instrument of execution - an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person
|Verb||1.||garrote - strangle with an iron collar; "people were garrotted during the Inquisition in Spain"|
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