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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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Lorraine Hutcheson, 40, screamed: "I hope you rot in hell", as she pushed her way to the dock after the men were found guilty of garrotting her son and butchering his body.
Okay, I might not be facing death by garrotting, shooting or poisoning - but I do feel a bit nervous walking past old folk's homes or Irish theme pubs.
He said: "Originally I was given a 'flying' harness but, when I tried it out, it was slowly garrotting me and cutting into my testicles.
In assessing those who would be princes he refers in one context to a gentler age and yet the worst excesses of human degradation, accompanied often by advanced technology, makes the odd garrotting and strappado almost a mild aberration in Machiavelli's own era.
Smith completes the garrotting, going last year's woeful performance one better (or worse): There's no second color on inside pages of this dismal, lightweight throwaway.