hookswinging

[ hook-swing-ing ]
/ ˈhʊkˌswɪŋ ɪŋ /

noun

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
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