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electric chair

noun
1.
a chair used to electrocute criminals sentenced to death.
2.
the penalty of legal electrocution.
Origin of electric chair
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism
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  • It ended ten years ago in the electric chair at Charlestown Jail in Massachusetts.

    Labor's Martyrs Vito Marcantonio
  • If you were to do that in this State it would be the electric chair for yours.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • She felt like one condemned, with the electric chair round a turn in the corridor.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • I like every man to have justice even if the electric chair yearns for him.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • Here other doctors had been convicted and sentenced to the electric chair for sending poison through the mails.

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
British Dictionary definitions for electric chair

electric chair

noun (in the US)
1.
  1. an electrified chair for executing criminals
  2. the electric chair, execution by this method
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