from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat with a koorbash.
- n. A whip of hippopotamus- or rhinoceros-hide, used in Egypt and other parts of Africa.
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Still, these eight could not be allowed to escape, so my husband sent for a few officers to form a court-martial, intending to shoot one of them as an example, but before taking such an extreme measure, he tried the argument of an unlimited application of the koorbash – in this case a frightfully thick thong of hippopotamus-hide.
One man sat on his back and one on his legs, the latter holding up his feet, while a third laid on the bare soles a rhinoceros-hide koorbash