pilliwinks

pilliwinks

[pil-uh-wingks]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
an old instrument of torture similar to the thumbscrew.

Origin:
1350–1400; Scots variant of late Middle English pyrwykes, pyrewinkes < ?

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pilliwinks (ˈpɪlɪˌwɪŋks)
 
pl n
a medieval instrument of torture for the fingers and thumbs
 
[C14: of uncertain origin]

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