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guillotine

noun uk   /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/ us  

guillotine noun (DEVICE)

[C or S] a device, invented in France, consisting of a sharp blade in a tall frame, used in the past for killing criminals by cutting off their heads: King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette went to the guillotine (= were killed by the guillotine) during the French Revolution. [C] UK a device with a long sharp blade that is used for cutting large quantities of paper

guillotine noun (LIMIT)

[C] UK specialized politics a limit on the amount of discussion allowed about a particular law in Parliament, made by setting a fixed time before a final vote must be taken

guillotine

verb [T] uk   /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/ us  

guillotine verb [T] (KILL)

to cut someone's head off using a guillotine: During the French Revolution, thousands of people were guillotined.

guillotine verb [T] (LIMIT)

UK specialized politics to set a fixed time before a final vote must be taken on a particular law in Parliament: The bill was guillotined at the committee stage.
Translations of “guillotine”
in Spanish guillotina…
in French guillotine, massicot…
in German die Guillotine, die Papierschneidemaschine…
in Chinese (Traditional) 裝置, (法國發明的)斷頭台, 切紙機…
in Russian гильотина…
in Turkish giyotin…
in Chinese (Simplified) 装置, (法国发明的)断头台, 切纸机…
in Polish gilotyna…
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