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noun 
  1. A leather scourge (multi-tail whip), in the severe version known as 'great knout' with metal weights on each tongue, notoriously used in imperial Russia.
    • 1980: Spray and then slogging knouts of water hit the windows or lights like snarling disaffected at a mansion of the rich and frivolous. " Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers
    • 2005: The lieutenant gave him twenty strokes of the and stuck him in a cage for a few days till the snow was ankle deep. " James Meek, The People's Act of Love (Canongate 2006, p. 193)
verb 
  1. To flog or beat with a knout.
  • 1992: Different, isn"t it? It"s called kava, by the way. The Fijians make it by knouting some root or other. " Will Self, Cock and Bull
Etymology: Via French, from Russian ÑÑ, from Old Norse knítr, "knot in a cord".


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