Definition of noose in English:

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Pronunciation: /nuːs/


1A loop with a running knot, tightening as the rope or wire is pulled and used to trap animals or hang people: he began to choke as the noose tightened about his throat a hangman’s noose figurative the West is exploring ways to tighten the economic noose
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  • The dialogue alternatingly sparkles or darkens as various nooses, comic or otherwise, steadily tighten.
  • How many businesses will want to spend money making their own nooses?
  • With the noose tightening around humanity's neck, the good ship Switchblade Honey is dispatched behind enemy lines, with a simple remit: strike hard, strike fast, and keep moving.
1.1 (the noose) Death by hanging: he earned a reprieve from the noose
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  • 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.


[with object]
1Put a noose on (someone): she was noosed and hooded, then strangled by the executioner
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  • 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: the animal was eventually noosed and sedated by dog handlers
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  • 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: Gomez had noosed a coil of rope around his neck
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  • 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: if we pursue this idea, we could be putting our heads in a noose
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  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with noose

abstruse, abuse, adduce, Ballets Russes, Belarus, Bruce, burnous, caboose, charlotte russe, conduce, deduce, deuce, diffuse, douce, educe, excuse, goose, induce, introduce, juice, Larousse, loose, luce, misuse, moose, mousse, obtuse, Palouse, produce, profuse, puce, recluse, reduce, Rousse, seduce, sluice, Sousse, spruce, traduce, truce, use, vamoose, Zeus

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