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thumb•screw



Pronunciation: (thum'skrOO"), [key]
n.
1. a screw, the head of which is so constructed that it may be turned easily with the thumb and a finger.
2. Often, thumbscrews. an old instrument of torture by which one or both thumbs were compressed.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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