[hoo k-swing-ing]


a ritualistic torture, practiced among the Mandan Indians, in which a voluntary victim was suspended from hooks attached to the flesh of the back.

Nearby words

  1. hooker, thomas,
  2. hookey,
  3. hooknose,
  4. hooks,
  5. hooks, benjamin lawson,
  6. hooktender,
  7. hookup,
  8. hookworm,
  9. hookworm disease,
  10. hooky

Origin of hookswinging

First recorded in 1890–95; hook1 + swing1 + -ing1

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