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  • n. Plural form of thumbscrew.

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Examples

  • We know what these things are today; the iron teeth are our necessities, the thumbscrews are the high-powered and swift machinery close to which we must work, and the rack is here in the firetrap structures that will destroy us the minute they catch on fire.

    Metropolitan Opera House meeting to protest the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: speech by Rose Schneiderman

  • We know what these things are today: the iron teeth are our necessities, the thumbscrews are the high-powered and swift machinery close to which we must work, and the rack is here in the firetrap structures that will destroy us the minute they catch fire.

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  • The Warder shows us some instrooments of tortur, such as thumbscrews, throat-collars, etc., statin that these was conkered from the Spanish

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  • As a species we have matured, grown away from crucificion, breaking on the rack, burning at the stake, the thumbscrews and the Iron Maiden.

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  • It was quite fun to do, although I get the feeling Mr Litlove felt he would rather endure thumbscrews if that should prove to be an alternative.

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  • When all those keys were going full blast, with the thumbscrews all the way open, the cacophony of sound made it hard to hear clearly any one telegraph key vs its neighbors.

    Frank A. Weil: Time to Scale Back

  • On the top of the armature are thumbscrews which regulate the width of the gap which manages the sound of the signals generated by closing the gap.

    Frank A. Weil: Time to Scale Back

  • When the gap is narrow - with the thumbscrews down tight - the sound is reduced.

    Frank A. Weil: Time to Scale Back

  • Perhaps we need to look for 21st century equivalents of thumbscrews to be used regularly to keep the noisy challenges we deal with in check so we can at least hear each other talk in civil voices.

    Frank A. Weil: Time to Scale Back

  • In order to better enable each operator to hear/use his/her key - frequently twice a day - the supervisor of telegraph rooms would yell out "Turn down your thumbscrews!"

    Frank A. Weil: Time to Scale Back

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