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guillotinenoun

uk   us   /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/
  • guillotine noun (DEVICE)

[C or S] a ​device, ​invented in France, consisting of a ​sharpblade in a ​tallframe, used in the past for ​killingcriminals by ​cutting off ​theirheads: 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 ​longsharpblade that is used for ​cuttinglargequantities of ​paper
  • guillotine noun (LIMIT)

[C] UK specialized politics a ​limit on the ​amount of ​discussionallowed about a ​particularlaw in Parliament, made by setting a ​fixedtime before a ​finalvote must be taken

guillotineverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/
  • guillotine verb [T] (LIMIT)

UK specialized politics to set a ​fixedtime before a ​finalvote must be taken on a ​particularlaw in Parliament: The ​bill was guillotined at the ​committeestage.
(Definition of guillotine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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guillotinenoun [C]

 us   /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/  /ˈɡi·əˌtin/
a ​device, ​invented in France, consisting of a ​sharpblade in a ​tallframe that was used for ​killing a ​person by ​cutting off his or her ​head
guillotine
verb [T]  us   /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/  /ˈɡi·əˌtin/
During the ​FrenchRevolution, thousands of ​people were guillotined.
(Definition of guillotine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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