strapado


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Noun1.strapado - a form of torture in which the hands are tied behind a person's back and they are lifted off the ground by a rope tied to their wrists, then allowed to drop until their fall is checked with a jerk by the rope
torturing, torture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
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OED quotes from the first scene of Nathan Field's Amends for Ladies (1611), a play which may have been exploiting the success of The Roaring Girl by making Moll Cutpurse put in an appearance:(17) 'The rack, strapado, or the boiling boot'.