- a whip with leather thongs, formerly used in Turkey, Egypt, etc.
- to whip with a kurbash.
Origin of kurbash
1805–15; < Arabic kurbāj ≪ Turkish kιrbaç whip
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Examples from the Web for kourbash
Her reply was that he had given slaves the kourbash, and had even shot them.Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete
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
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
He who could bribe the judges the highest got judgment delivered in his favour, while his opponent received the kourbash.
The symbol of authority might well have been a kourbash, which corresponds to the English cat-o'-nine-tails.