ducking stool

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an instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which offenders were ducked in water

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The stocks were used for those who were perceived to have offended the public as was the ducking stool, these were viewed as shaming punishments.
Next Guy will suggest stocks or a ducking stool for all smokers and I will wager this impartial non-smoking 'Guy' has his very own Iron maiden at the ready.
From the Iron Maiden, the Guillotine, and the Scavenger's Daughter to the Ear Chopper, the Thumbscrew, and the Ducking Stool, "Infernal Device" reveals the fundamental brutality of torture devices and is strongly recommended to the attention of those who are engaged on either side of the current national debate over the complex issues involved with waterboarding and other means of 'harsh interrogation'.
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And people should refrain from certain kinds of gossip that might be harmful, even though the ducking stool is long out of fashion.
The ducking stool, a form of punishment for scolds, was ordered built on the wharf in front of City Hall, New York.
Employees of the Washington Navy Yard, whom she previously had attacked for wasting taxpayers' money, constructed a ducking stool, because the traditional punishment in England for "a common scold" had been ducking.
Several types of ducking stool were devised to plunge victims - usually women - into water as demonstrated on another posed postcard, left.
The Berwick-based writer, who as journalist Barbara Henderson worked for The Journal and BBC Radio Newcastle, made her debut with In Too Deep, an accomplished thriller involving a country fair and a medieval-style ducking stool.
The last ducking stool to be used in Cardiff was erected on the east bank of the River Taff, near the north side of Cardiff Bridge, more popularly known as Canton Bridge.
10 1 LACONICOS (IRE) (Miss C Scott) 9-2JtF 2 The Ducking Stool (5-1) 3 James Pollard (9-2 Jt Fav) 12 ran 3/4, 41/2.
The pub will be selling hot Haggis 'n Neeps Pies in whisky gravy for customers, and charging pounds 2 to knock the manager, Paul Smith, off a ducking stool into a freezing pond.
And yet it was all Fulham, who are throbbing with self-belief right now, a team so far greater than the sum of its parts that Hodgson should be plonked on a ducking stool and accused of witchcraft.
Look out too for the town's original ducking stool, a gruesome reminder of how what passed for justice was once administered.