Origin of death chair
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for death chair
Had he stayed where he was he could have shouted it out till they gagged him in the death-chair.The Wild Olive
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