[koo r-bash]


or kour·bash

[koo r-bash]
  1. a whip with leather thongs, formerly used in Turkey, Egypt, etc.
verb (used with object)
  1. to whip with a kurbash.

Origin of kurbash

1805–15; < Arabic kurbājTurkish kιrbaç whip
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Examples from the Web for kourbash

Historical Examples of kourbash

  • Her reply was that he had given slaves the kourbash, and had even shot them.

  • His head was buried in his arms, and he was becoming indifferent to how frequently the kourbash fell on his shoulders.

  • A kourbash is a strip of old hippo-hide with a sort of keel on it, like the cutting edge of a boar's tusk.

    Actions and Reactions

    Rudyard Kipling

  • He who could bribe the judges the highest got judgment delivered in his favour, while his opponent received the kourbash.

    General Gordon

    Seton Churchill

  • The symbol of authority might well have been a kourbash, which corresponds to the English cat-o'-nine-tails.

    General Gordon

    Seton Churchill