Should they succeed, it will be the garrotte on the throat of English liberty.
Better it had not missed us,” said I, after a pause; “we are only spared for the garrotte.
I should call out to you though they had the garrotte at my neck.
Was this or was it not your last chance to escape the garrotte?'
garrotte, Garotte, gar-rot′, n. a Spanish mode of strangling criminals.
My last request was to see the garrotte; but it was refused me.
I got one hand on his throat in the most approved style of the garrotte and just pressed.
Dey garrotte de cap'en and crew, an' Charles go to turn de schooner.
I should go, even though I felt as sure as you do that the outcome will be the garrotte or a blank wall and a firing squad.
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.