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If that did not stop the rancour of their tongues he tried the effect of an instrument called the "branks."The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer|Richard Clynton
I'll be in Dumfries the morn gif the beast be to the fore, and the branks bide hale.The Letters of Robert Burns|Robert Burns
An uncomfortable bridle which used to be employed to silence scolds was called the branks.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley
The branks was a species of iron mask, with a gag so contrived as to enter the mouth and forcibly hold down the unruly member.
The brutality of the stronger and governing to the weaker and subject sex was not limited to the ducking-stool and branks.