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electric chair

a chair used to electrocute criminals sentenced to death.
the penalty of legal electrocution.
Origin of electric chair
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If you were to do that in this State it would be the electric chair for yours.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • A poor man in a fix like this would be on his way to the electric chair.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • When he does it to show off, he deserves to be given 10 days in the electric chair.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense
  • And all the time the two men drew nearer to the electric chair.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • I like every man to have justice even if the electric chair yearns for him.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
British Dictionary definitions for electric chair

electric chair

noun (in the US)
  1. an electrified chair for executing criminals
  2. the electric chair, execution by this method
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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