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[koo r-bash] /ˈkʊər bæʃ/
noun, verb (used with object)


or kourbash

[koo r-bash] /ˈkʊər bæʃ/
a whip with leather thongs, formerly used in Turkey, Egypt, etc.
verb (used with object)
to whip with a kurbash.
Origin of kurbash
1805-15; < Arabic kurbājTurkish kιrbaç whip Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Her reply was that he had given slaves the kourbash, and had even shot them.

  • His head was buried in his arms, and he was becoming indifferent to how frequently the kourbash fell on his shoulders.

    Under the Rebel's Reign Charles Neufeld
  • A kourbash is a strip of old hippo-hide with a sort of keel on it, like the cutting edge of a boar's tusk.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • He who could bribe the judges the highest got judgment delivered in his favour, while his opponent received the kourbash.

    General Gordon

    Seton Churchill
  • The symbol of authority might well have been a kourbash, which corresponds to the English cat-o'-nine-tails.

    General Gordon

    Seton Churchill
  • But it was wonderful to see how Mahommed Seti took the kourbash at the hands of Fielding, when he shied from the medicine bottles.

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