Definition of cat-o'-nine-tails in English:

cat-o'-nine-tails

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Pronunciation: /katəˈnɑɪnteɪlz
 
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noun

historical
  • A rope whip with nine knotted cords, formerly used (especially at sea) to flog offenders.
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    • Flogging with the cat-o'-nine-tails and hanging were the major punishments.
    • Selina ignored him, but I thought I could detect a hint of longing in the way she fingered the whip looped at her belt (a cat-o'-nine-tails).
    • Jesus is beaten with canes, then with an early version of a cat-o'-nine-tails.

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