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scold's bridle

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Definition of scold's bridle in English:

noun

Another term for branks.
Example sentences
  • I favoured the more macabre exhibits: scold's bridles, instruments of torture, things like that.
  • We've got replica handcuffs, manacles, thumb screws, a branding iron and even a scold's bridle, a metal head cage often used to punish and humiliate gossips to stop them from talking!
  • Rather less appealing are the cells and torture chamber, with chilling displays of racks, a spiked interrogation chair, and despicable implements called ‘scold's bridles’ and ‘shrews fiddles’.

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