Definition of bilboes in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɪlbəʊz


An iron bar with sliding shackles, formerly used for confining a prisoner’s ankles.
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  • Stocks (also known as ‘bilboes’) were a commonplace feature of plantation discipline, but were used only once by the St. Andrew slave court.
  • The bilboes are still shown in the Tower of London, among the other spoils of the Spanish Armada.


mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

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