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death chair

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  1. electric chair.

Origin of death chair

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for death chair

Historical Examples

  • Had he stayed where he was he could have shouted it out till they gagged him in the death-chair.

    The Wild Olive

    Basil King

  • When everything is in readiness the criminal is brought in and seats himself in the death-chair.

  • That machine has about as much of the human element as a meat-chopper, as a steam- roller, as the death-chair at Sing Sing.

    Fighting in Flanders

    E. Alexander Powell