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squassation

[skwo-sey-shuh n] /skwɒˈseɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a form of strappado in which the victim, with arms bound behind and feet heavily weighted, was jerked up and down at the end of a rope passed under the arms.
Origin of squassation
1725-1735
1725-35; < Italian squass(are) to shake severely (< Vulgar Latin *exquassāre; see squash1) + -ation
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