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electric chair

a chair used to electrocute criminals sentenced to death.
the penalty of legal electrocution.
Origin of electric chair
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He broke off, with a wave of his hand toward the man who had just sentenced himself to death in the electric-chair.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
British Dictionary definitions for electric-chair

electric chair

noun (in the US)
  1. an electrified chair for executing criminals
  2. the electric chair, execution by this method
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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