- 1A loop with a running knot, tightening as the rope or wire is pulled and typically used to hang people or trap animals.More example sentences
- Its gnarled branches twisted and turned into the air, and a hangman's noose hung from one of its thickest and strongest branches.
- But hanging from a beam in the center of a room typically reserved for celebrations and weddings is a crude, handmade noose fashioned out of three electrical wires.
- Members of the study population were captured by placing a soft elastic noose around the perimeter of an active burrow entrance.
- 1.1 (the noose) Death by hanging.More example sentences
- My dreams for the future have now atrophied to simply ‘keeping the noose at bay.’
- Yet he is one of the three still facing the noose.
- One might have expected criminals awaiting trial to have been especially defensive, doing their best to avoid the noose by shifting blame elsewhere.
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- 1Put a noose on (someone): she was noosed and hooded, then strangled by the executionerMore example sentences
- The novitiate, blindfolded and noosed, was brought before them and a gun fired into the air.
- When the hangman came to noose her she knocked him clean out of the cart.
- 1.1Catch (an animal) with a noose.More example sentences
- Pitfall traps were placed opportunistically next to logs to supplement noosing and remained there for the entire study.
- Individuals were noosed, measured, weighed, and marked with synthetic paint to ease observation.
- 1.2Form (a rope) into a noose.More example sentences
- A silver-blue rope of sorts was noosed around the creature's throat.
- Six boys found her body with a black chiffon scarf noosed around her neck.
put one's head in a noose
- Bring about one’s own downfall.More example sentences
- This was the awakening, the realization that I had officially and for all time put my head in a noose and the hangman was taking his sweet time.
late Middle English: probably via Old French no(u)s from Latin nodus 'knot'.
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