Definitions

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  • n. an iron collar formerly used in Spain to execute people by strangulation
  • n. something, especially a cord or wire used for strangulation
  • v. to execute by strangulation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. strangle with an iron collar
  • n. an instrument of execution for execution by strangulation

Etymologies

From Spanish garrote (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sometimes with a long rifle, sometimes up very close and personally with a knife or garrotte for the sake of silence.

    Habiiti Dawo Ga'an, Habi'do'atiil

  • Electrical cord had been wound around her head and the small handle of a magnifying glass had been used to tighten it like a garrotte.

    World record holder turned hitman jailed for murder

  • I'll pull a near all-nighter writing rot of life's garrotte, the dead line pulling tighter.

    Countdown

  • And late that night, after all the children were nestled snug in their beds, dreaming of sugarplums and what not, Betty would quietly enter the housekeeper's bedroom and choke her out with a garrotte, and subsequently disposing of her body in Lake Memphremagog.

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • Case saw the crude wooden handles that drifted at either end of the garrotte, like worn sections of broom handle.

    Wonder Woman and the Lasso of Truth

  • On the merest criticism of tax credits from the say Purnell-led frontbench, he'd gnaw our green leather seats through to their springs and garrotte with the microphones that dangle from the eves whomsoever of our number happened to be in the way.

    GORDON'S PRONOUNCED DIFFICULTIES

  • The way I heard it, they were ruled a safety hazard; some 'air rage' pisshead might grab it and use it as a garrotte.

    BA To Allow Staff To Wear Crosses

  • Necros uses the headphone chord of his Walkman as a garrotte and has clever milk bottle bombs.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • He was wearing a grey suit, white cotton shirt and an expensive necktie of watered red silk which I attempted, unsuccessfully, to use as a garrotte.

    The mission song

  • Some passed out and did not then feel the garrotte first slide and then tighten round their necks.

    With No One as Witness

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  • No, I wouldn't to confuse these.

    But I though you said you really enjoyed doing the gavotte!

    April 16, 2009

  • Not to be confused with a gavotte, a type of dance performed by Spanish seagulls.

    April 16, 2009