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hookswinging

[hoo k-swing-ing] /ˈhʊkˌswɪŋ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a ritualistic torture, practiced among the Mandan Indians, in which a voluntary victim was suspended from hooks attached to the flesh of the back.
Origin of hookswinging
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95; hook1 + swing1 + -ing1
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