iron maiden

noun
a medieval instrument of torture fashioned as a box in the shape of a woman, large enough to hold a human being, and studded with sharp spikes on the inside.
Also called iron maiden of Nuremberg.


Origin:
1890–95; translation of German eiserne Jungfrau

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iron maiden
 
n
a medieval instrument of torture, consisting of a hinged case (often shaped in the form of a woman) lined with iron spikes, which was forcibly closed on the victim

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