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plural noun
(Scot, history) an iron ring, fastened by a chain to a wall, post, or tree, in which an offender was held by the neck: common in Scotland from the 16th to 18th century
Word Origin
C16: probably from French joug yoke
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Historical Examples
  • The jougs belonging to the parish of Galashiels are preserved at Abbotsford.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • At Merton, Berwickshire, the jougs may be seen at the church.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • This may be safely assumed that formerly the jougs were affixed at the end of the chain.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • "On the look of the man I would give him the jougs," said he.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • Disregarding parental authority in Scotland was frequently the cause of young folk being punished by the jougs, and in other ways.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • jougs, joogz, n. an iron neck-ring that constituted the old Scottish pillory.

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