Then, on the morning after Christmas in 1996, John found JonBenet crumpled in the wine cellar with a garrote sunk round her neck.
Instantly the garrote loosened; and Harleston, with a wild yell, sprang forward and swung straight at the point of Crenshaw's jaw.
There she lay, the Fleming staring at her, with the garrote in his hand.
The death penalty was inflicted by hanging, by beating with the garrote, or club, and by throwing the condemned over a precipice.
He cleared his throat as though to disembarrass it of a garrote.
If I was not certain that I would need you later I'd garrote you where you sit.
They would all be glad to see him seated in the chair of the “garrote.”
They had dismounted the old man, and were about to garrote him.
What a splendid specimen of the powers of the garrote we have lost!
garrote also means a cudgel, or heavy walking-stick; and the tourniquet used by surgeons.
also garrotte, 1620s, "Spanish method of capital punishment by strangulation," from Spanish garrote "stick for twisting cord," of unknown origin, perhaps from Old French guaroc "club, stick, rod, shaft of a crossbow," probably ultimately Celtic, but possibly from Frankish *wrokkan "to twist" (cf. Middle Dutch wroken "to twist").
I have no hesitation in pronouncing death by the garrot, at once the most manly, and the least offensive to the eye. [Major John Richardson, "British Legion," 1837]
"to execute with a garrote," 1851, from garrote (n.); sense of "choke and then rob" is from 1852. Related: Garotted; garotting.