from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A thumb-screw, or set of thumb-screws; the torture by this instrument. See cut under
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun An instrument of torture for compressing the thumb; a thumbscrew.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An
instrumentof torturefor compressingthe thumb; a thumbscrew.
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"The monks of Vera Cruz can best tell thee where little 'thumbkin' is."
'thumbkin' soul which Yama receives and carries off in the tale of Satyavant.
Martyr, she would have preferred to be torn asunder with one jerk, rather than submit to the thumbkin.
Sissy stood, little scarlet thumbkin dangling rigidly at her side.
 The torture of the thumbkin is said to have been introduced into
'Dance, thumbkin, dance -- dance, ye merry men every one.'
Twenty men were hanged on one gibbet in Edinburgh and many others in various parts of the country: crowds were shipped off to the plantations: torture was freely applied, and the ingenious devices of the boot and the thumbkin were in daily requisition. [