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guillotinenoun [C]

us   /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/ /ˈɡi·əˌtin/
a device, invented in France, consisting of a sharp blade in a tall frame that was used for killing a person by cutting off his or her head
guillotine
verb [T] us   /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/ /ˈɡi·əˌtin/
During the French Revolution, thousands of people were guillotined.
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"guillotine" in British English

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guillotinenoun

uk   /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/ us   /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/
  • 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

guillotineverb [T]

uk   /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/ us   /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/
  • 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.
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