thumbscrew









thumbscrew


noun

  1. a screw, the head of which is so constructed that it may be turned easily with the thumb and a finger.
  2. Often thumbscrews. an old instrument of torture by which one or both thumbs were compressed.

noun

  1. an instrument of torture that pinches or crushes the thumbs
  2. a screw with projections on its head enabling it to be turned by the thumb and forefinger

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