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  • n. Alternative spelling of kurbash.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See koorbash.


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  • A kourbash is a strip of old hippo-hide with a sort of keel on it, like the cutting edge of a boar's tusk.

    Actions and Reactions

  • A revolt whose followers rebelled against the Turkish kourbash imposed its law through whippings, stonings, judicial mutilation, and public executions.42

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Levying implausible taxes on the Sudanese, local administrators ruled through the kourbash, a long hippo-hide whip applied to the soles of the feet.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • The guards extracted evidence against Urabi with thumbscrews and the kourbash.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • “The kourbash has been going on my neighbors backs and feet all the morning,” recorded the émigré Scottish aristocrat Lucie Duff Gordon.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • To collect taxes, they strung men and women upside down and beat the soles of their feet to a pulp with a kourbash.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • If he could strike two he would give the second to the old Arab who flogged women and children to death with the _kourbash_, [42] as an amusement, and whose cruelties were famous in a cruel land; the old Evil who hated, and plotted the death of, the fair Sheikh, with the leader of the expedition in order that they might divide his large share of the gun-running proceeds and German subsidy.

    Driftwood Spars The Stories of a Man, a Boy, a Woman, and Certain Other People Who Strangely Met Upon the Sea of Life

  • The lot of savages ruled by the knout, the kourbash, and the sjambok will be preferable to the lot of men ruled by starvation in the free Socialist Commonwealth of the future.

    British Socialism An Examination of Its Doctrines, Policy, Aims and Practical Proposals

  • His recovery, despite the unremitting attention of his nurse, was somewhat slow; the frightful mauling he had received from the cruel kourbash had done its work well, but at last his terrible lacerations began to heal.

    Under the Rebel's Reign

  • This done, his hands and feet were fastened, and he was then thrown on the floor face downwards, while the bigger of his two custodians stood by, handling the deadly kourbash.

    Under the Rebel's Reign


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