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

  • I love the knout!" To Author Blanch, Isabelle Eberhardt represents the "blessed annihilation of self," the woman "free of all the little deadly fetters of everyday life.
  • Call it instinct, call it reflex the fact is that Europe (minus those Easterners who remember the terrible old days under the Soviet knout) will seek to avoid confrontation.
  • 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.

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