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English definition of “thumbscrew”


noun [C]     /ˈθʌm.skruː/ (also screws)
a device used especially in the past to torture people (= cause them great pain) by crushing their thumbsPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingPunishing and punishments
(Definition of thumbscrew noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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