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foot-binding

[foo t-bahyn-ding] /ˈfʊtˌbaɪn dɪŋ/
noun
1.
(formerly in China) the act or practice of tightly binding the feet of infant girls to keep the feet as small as possible.
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  • In every home that professes to any respectability, foot-binding is an absolutely essential thing for the girls in it.

  • It will put an end to the cruelty and miseries of foot-binding.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
  • Such a reform should not be so difficult as to rid the women of China of their particular form of foot-binding.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • But when her father came home he had a long and serious talk with his wife about foot-binding, and off came the bandages again.

    Notable Women Of Modern China Margaret E. Burton
  • And they say that one girl out of ten dies of foot-binding or its after-effects.

    The Child in the Midst Mary Schauffler Labaree
  • During her medical course Mary became more strongly impressed than ever before with the evils of foot-binding.

    Notable Women Of Modern China Margaret E. Burton
  • foot-binding is one of the most senseless and cruel customs it is possible to imagine.

  • Within the last few weeks another edict has gone forth, directed against the practice of foot-binding.

    China and the Chinese Herbert Allen Giles
  • The lower picture shows the terrible deformity produced by foot-binding.

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