cat-o'-nine-tails


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a whip with nine knotted cords

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And for the majority, the props of medieval Lenten piety--sackcloth and ashes, the cat-o'-nine-tails, black bread and water--have long since receded into the rearview mirror.
Decked out all in white, in a dress made of 180 pairs of gloves from Manhattan thrift shops and carrying a cat-o'-nine-tails whip studded with chrysanthemums, O'Grady railed against the "racial apartheid" that characterized New York's art establishment.
IN mediaeval prisons, inmates were punished with a vile device called a "cat-o'-nine-tails" - a whip made of nine knotted thongs of cotton cord designed to lacerate the skin and cause intense pain.
A hybrid object consisting of a knob-ended Eora club to which knotted leather thongs have been attached, it is a cat-o'-nine-tails or 'captain's daughter' that Blackburn probably improvised as a means of encouraging feckless crew members.
Even so, it was ironic that the young 1 man should have been sentenced to 50 lashes of the cat-o'-nine-tails for being drunk on the line of march in April, 1858.
Justice Day sentenced six members of the High Rip to be hanged and had other violent criminals flogged unmercifully with the cat-o'-nine-tails.
As a child, he was regularly beaten by his father with a cat-o'-nine-tails, which left deep welts and wounds on his legs and back.
Juveniles got 25 strokes from a cat-o'-nine-tails and adults got 50 strokes of the birch.
He was still bleeding badly by the time police arrived and Miss Vicky, the dominatrix, was laying into Koenig with a cat-o'-nine-tails.