squassation

[ skwo-sey-shuh n ]
/ skwɒˈseɪ ʃən /

noun

a form of strappado in which the victim, with arms bound behind and feet heavily weighted, was jerked up and down at the end of a rope passed under the arms.

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Origin of squassation

1725–35; < Italian squass(are) to shake severely (< Vulgar Latin *exquassāre; see squash1) + -ation
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