Meaning of “the electric chair” in the English Dictionary

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"the electric chair" in British English

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the electric chairnoun [ S ]

uk /ɪˌlek.trɪk ˈtʃeər/ us /ɪˌlek.trɪk ˈtʃer/

Examples from literature

  • Blizzard was in the power of that which all his mature life he had feared more than hanging or the electric chair, more even than prisons. 
  • But if you can't prove that there was no premeditation, you're tagged for the electric chair. 
  • The accusation, the trial, the conviction, the sentence to death in the electric chair—all a dream. 
  • The evidence against him is sufficient to send him to the electric chair. 
  • To-day they greeted its appearance with as much enthusiasm as they would the electric chair. 

(Definition of “the electric chair” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"electric chair" in American English

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electric chairnoun [ C ]

a special chair used to kill a criminal with electricity

(Definition of “electric chair” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)