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garrote

noun A weaponised device used for assassination and as a device for capital punishment in the Iberian peninsula (until being abolished in the late 1970s). Garrotes consist of a choking part (e.g., cord, rope, band, wire, etc.), which is looped around the victim’s neck, and a twisting part, which is tightened until the victim expires. First used by the Romans to dispatch enemies of state, the Spanish and Portuguese used the garrote in the Middle Ages and in the colonisation of the New World.

verb To kill or execute by garroting.
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By late on Christmas Day, the festive glow has often been replaced by an overwhelming desire to garotte flatulent Aunt Fanny and bury her in the garden under a headstone reading: "Under this sod lies another.
Ricardo Garotte stole pounds 4m from two banks while working as a temporary employee - after using false references to get work.
But it should mean that, for the time being at least, there will be no tightening of the garotte.
He also denies 12 other charges of possessing nail and pipe bombs with intent to endanger life, possessing three knives, an axe and a garotte, and having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence.
It's voice recorder is perfect for reminders "Three o'clock - garotte eastern European fellow" and "Eight o'clock - escape from villain's underground lair before circling sharks close in".
What's more, this is a proper Christmas - no shopping, no mother-in-law to stay, no goodwill drinks with neighbours you'd rather garotte with cheesewire, no children waking at 3am and asking whether it's time to get up, no weepies on the box and no dried-out turkey in your sarnies for a week.
When they raided his flat they found a hoard of 200 terrifying poems and pictures, a machete, a garotte, a loaded Luger pistol, two shotguns and ammo.