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brank

[brangk] /bræŋk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to hold up and toss the head, as a horse when spurning the bit or prancing.
2.
to bridle; restrain.
Origin of brank
1500-1550
1500-50; (def 1) of uncertain origin; possibly related to German prangen “to adorn oneself, brag”; compare Middle High German brangen, brankieren; possibly 1550-1600; (def 2) of uncertain origin; probably a back formation from Scots branks “a bridle for restraining a scold”
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  • We are indebted to Mr. Alfred Burton for a drawing of the Macclesfield brank.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • Kirkham had its brank for scolds, in addition to a ducking-stool.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • At the north country town of Morpeth a brank is still preserved.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • The brank was put over the head, and was fastened with a padlock.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • No specimens of the "brank" are known to exist in Ireland or Wales.

  • Towards the close of the first quarter of the present century, the brank was last used at Altrincham.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • A second brank was kept in the prison, principally formed of leather, but with an iron tongue-piece.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • At Doddington Park, Lincolnshire, a brank is preserved, and is of a decidedly foreign appearance.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • The year cannot be ascertained when this brank was first worn, but it is known to have been last used in 1846.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • The Rector of Whitchurch has in his possession a brank, which was formerly used by the town and union authorities.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

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