bilboes

bilboes
noun /ˈbɪlbəʊz/
An iron bar fitting around the ankles of prisoners, and having sliding shackles.

, 2001: The bilboes looked like handcuffs that went around the ankles. The prisoner lay flat on his back, in the dirt, his feet suspended in the air by a length of iron bar to which the bilboes were fastened. — Glen David Gold, Carter Beats The Devil


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  • Bilboes — Bilbo Bil bo, n.; pl. {Bilboes}. 1. A rapier; a sword; so named from Bilbao, in Spain. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. A long bar or bolt of iron with sliding shackles, and a lock at the end, to confine the feet of prisoners or offenders, esp. on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bilboes — n. fetters, long iron bar with sliding handcuffs used to confine persons on shipn. spanish sword having a well tempered blade (Archaic); long iron bar with sliding shackles attached to prisoners feet …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bilboes — plural noun an iron bar with sliding shackles, formerly used for confining a prisoner s ankles. Origin C16: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • bilboes — n. pl. Shackles, fetters, gyves, chains, stocks …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • bilboes —   n. pl. fetters, especially long iron bar with sliding shackles used to imprison persons on ship …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • bilboes — A device used for punishment at sea, similar to the stocks (q.v.) on land …   Black's law dictionary

  • bilboes — A device used for punishment at sea, similar to the stocks (q.v.) on land …   Black's law dictionary

  • bilboes — A contrivance for the discipline and punishment of unruly sailors on shipboard, consisting of a board with holes in it through which the man s feet and arms protruded …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bilboes — n.pl. hist. an iron bar with sliding shackles for a prisoner s ankles. Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bilboe — A bilboe (usually plural: bilboes) is a tool of corporal punishment for men and women alike. The bilboes combine physical discomfort with social humiliation; they were popular in England and America in the colonial and early Revolutionary periods …   Wikipedia

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