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guillotine

noun (DEVICE)    /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/
[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.Death penalties [C] UK a device with a long sharp blade that is used for cutting large quantities of paperToolsGardening toolsOffice equipmentCommunicating by telephonePaper and stationery
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