"I know the way," whispered the garroter, and a few gathered around him.
In his youth he had been a highwayman, and probably a garroter.
He was a garroter by profession, accustomed to rely upon his fists only for the exchange of amenities.
A garroter lay on the roof ready to entangle me with his noose if I should escape the dagger of the old hag.
He is a harmless enough fellow, Parker by name, a garroter by trade, and a remarkable performer upon the jew's-harp.
He is a harmless enough fellow, Parker by name, a garroter by trade, and a remarkable performer upon the Jew's harp.
One hand of the garroter was on his throat, the other was busily rifling his pockets.
also garrotte, 1620s, "Spanish method of capital punishment by strangulation," from Spanish garrote "stick for twisting cord," of unknown origin, perhaps from Old French guaroc "club, stick, rod, shaft of a crossbow," probably ultimately Celtic, but possibly from Frankish *wrokkan "to twist" (cf. Middle Dutch wroken "to twist").
I have no hesitation in pronouncing death by the garrot, at once the most manly, and the least offensive to the eye. [Major John Richardson, "British Legion," 1837]
"to execute with a garrote," 1851, from garrote (n.); sense of "choke and then rob" is from 1852. Related: Garotted; garotting.