scold's bridle love

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  • n. An iron framework that encloses the head, once used as a form of public humiliation for a woman

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as branks, 1.

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  • "There is an iron scold's bridle in Walton Church. They used these things in ancient days for curbing women's tongues. They have given up the attempt now. I suppose iron was getting scarce, and nothing else would be strong enough."
    - Jerome K. Jerome, 'Three Men in a Boat'.

    August 28, 2009