ducking stool

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noun

a former instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which an offender was tied to be plunged into water.

Origin of ducking stool

First recorded in 1590–1600
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ducking stool

noun

history a chair or stool used for the punishment of offenders by plunging them into water

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