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Pilliwinks vs. Thumbscrew — What's the Difference?

Pilliwinks vs. Thumbscrew — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Pilliwinks and Thumbscrew

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Pilliwinks

A torture device for squeezing the fingers; a thumbscrew.
Jul 03, 2021

Thumbscrew

A screw designed so that it can be turned with the thumb and fingers.
Jul 03, 2021

Thumbscrew

An instrument of torture formerly used to compress the thumb.
Jul 03, 2021

Thumbscrew

A screw that can be turned with the thumb and fingers.
Jul 03, 2021

Thumbscrew

An instrument of torture used to crush the fingers.
Jul 03, 2021
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Thumbscrew

(figuratively) A weakness that can be taken advantage of.
Law 33: Discover Each Man's Thumbscrew ― Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
Jul 03, 2021

Thumbscrew

A screw having a flat-sided or knurled head, so that it may be turned by the thumb and forefinger.
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Thumbscrew

An old instrument of torture for compressing the thumb by a screw; a thumbkin.
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Thumbscrew

Instrument of torture that crushes the thumb
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Thumbscrew

Screw designed to be turned with the thumb and fingers
Jul 03, 2021

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