knout knout


  • (n) a whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire; used for flogging prisoners


  1. The New Deal's Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 is a knout which can be used to flay the backs of investment bankers holding controlling blocks of utilities stock.
  2. After the revolution, Prophet Menzhinsky became the Leninists' knout.
  3. The feat for which the National Committee commended him proved him to be a very knout and bastinado.
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