Definition of Chinese burn in English:

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Chinese burn

noun

informal
An act of placing both hands on a person’s arm and then twisting it to produce a burning sensation.
Example sentences
  • The arm-twisting, begging, pleading and bribery will have ceased temporarily and even Michael will have stopped giving his colleagues Chinese burns in a bid to force them to vote for him… or else.
  • And as a final touch - the emotional equivalent of a Chinese burn, just to finish you off good and proper - there's a children's choir in there as well, bleating away about ‘listening’ as well as ‘hearing’.
  • A second hello would lead to a Chinese burn; a third to a severe beating with a slide-rule; a fourth to a public beheading; and a fifth to a written warning, although I hope it would never come to that.

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