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[hoo k-swing-ing]
  1. a ritualistic torture, practiced among the Mandan Indians, in which a voluntary victim was suspended from hooks attached to the flesh of the back.
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Origin of hookswinging

First recorded in 1890–95; hook1 + swing1 + -ing1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • They are however no credit to their religion, for one of their principal ceremonies is hook-swinging.

    Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)

    Charles Eliot

  • The hook-swinging ceremony is said69 to be sometimes performed after the consent of the goddess has been obtained.