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.


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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.


late Middle English: probably via Old French no(u)s from Latin nodus 'knot'.


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.

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