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knout

[nout] /naʊt/
noun
1.
a whip with a lash of leather thongs, formerly used in Russia for flogging criminals.
verb (used with object)
2.
to flog with the knout.
Origin of knout
1710-1720
1710-20; < French < Russian knut, Old Russian < Old Norse knūtr knot
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  • Stella knew no Russian; she had no idea that anything worse could happen to this seriously broken people ruled by knouts.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
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knout

/naʊt/
noun
1.
a stout whip used formerly in Russia as an instrument of punishment
Word Origin
C17: from Russian knut, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse knūtr knot
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