squassation

squassation

[skwo-sey-shuhn]
noun
a form of strappado in which the victim, with arms bound behind and feet heavily weighted, was jerked up and down at the end of a rope passed under the arms.

Origin:
1725–35; < Italian squass(are) to shake severely (< Vulgar Latin *exquassāre; see squash1) + -ation

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