noose noose  /ˈnus/


  1. (n) a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose
  2. (n) a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled
  3. (v) make a noose in or of
  4. (v) secure with a noose



  1. noose around the dictator's neck was one of the most striking images ever viewed across the Arab world an Arab president being held to account.
  2. They stopped, afraid that the noose might have caught around her neck.
  3. Comic riffs alternate with seemingly naive questions--Letterman crossed with NPR'S Ira Glass--until Bell tightens the rhetorical noose and produces tears or thoughtful silence.


  1. The Stroller: 'All for it'

    Sally Cannon of Spartanburg mentions every deterrent from firing squad to a noose and the chain gang for criminals bent on killing or harming law-abiding folks. "Bring back the chain gang. I'm all for it," she says. "I think the nonviolent criminals should be put on the chain gang instead of sitting in a cell with a cot and three square meals a day and twiddling their thumbs while the taxpayers ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Spartanburg Herald-Journal

  2. Memphis animal control officer says choking dogs not permitted

    An animal control officer testified Wednesday that aggressive dogs often do “an alligator roll” when the noose of a control pole is put around their necks, but that at such times he would loosen rather than tighten the noose.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal


  1. "Clearly, what Kelly said was inappropriate and unfortunate, and she obviously regrets her choice of words," Finchem said in a statement. "But we consider Golfweek's imagery of a swinging noose on its cover to be outrageous and irresponsible....
    on Jan 18, 2006 By: Tim Finchem Source: 940 News

  2. "There are so many nooses being hung around America," said Martin Luther King III, son of the famous civil rights leader. "Anytime there's a hate crime the Justice Department should prosecute, and a noose is certainly a hate crime."
    on Aug 21, 2007 By: Martin Luther King Source: Prince George Citizen

  3. At Tuesday's event, Bush said that "lynching is not a word to be mentioned in jest. As a civil society, we should understand that noose displays and lynching jokes are deeply offensive. They are wrong. And they have no place in America today."
    on Feb 12, 2008 By: President Bush Source: CNN Political Ticker

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