from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See koorbash.


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  • The courbash is a fearful whip made of hippopotamus 'hide, a stroke from which is felt by a bullock as painfully as a cut from an ordinary whip is by a horse.

    For Fortune and Glory A Story of the Soudan War

  • The canal was indeed built by what amounted to slavery, the forced labour (corvee) of the Egyptian peasants being enforced by the rawhide whip of the overseers (courbash).

    Flashman on the March

  • "And now we have recovered the will, uncle, how are we to send it to my mother?" asked Harry when the distracting cries extracted by the courbash had ceased.

    For Fortune and Glory A Story of the Soudan War

  • "Hassan!" called the sheikh, and a tall, stalwart black stepped forward, with a courbash in his hand.

    For Fortune and Glory A Story of the Soudan War

  • Then Hassan stepped up, courbash in hand, and measured his distance.

    For Fortune and Glory A Story of the Soudan War

  • His first public announcement was to abolish the _courbash_, to remit arrears of taxation, and to sanction a scheme for pumping the river water into the town.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume II

  • The boatswain gave the signal to weigh anchor, and leaping upon the middle of the gangway began to lay on to the shoulders of the crew with his courbash or whip, and to haul out gradually to sea.

    Don Quixote

  • The courbash has been going on my neighbours’ backs and feet all the morning.

    The Mistress of Nothing

  • At the sound of his piteous cry and of the stroke of the cruel lash, Don Quixote ran to him at once, and seizing the twisted halter that served him for a courbash, said to him, "Heaven forbid,

    Don Quixote

  • "In the service of God and the king I have been there for four years before now, and I know by this time what the biscuit and courbash are like," replied Gines; "and it is no great grievance to me to go back to them, for there I shall have time to finish my book; I have still many things left to say, and in the galleys of

    Don Quixote


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