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He allowed us to go on without ordering his men to impale us.

Nor would he do so if his hobby were to impale human beings.

It squealed, shrill with triumph, and the horn swept up to impale him.

Sir,—Allow me to impale Mr. Dexter on the horns of a dilemma.

It was not difficult for Mr. Davis to impale him upon this plea.

Or wilt thou nail a man on a cross, or impale him on a stake?

How soon you going to drop the pole set up to impale Winthrope?

Don't take my track, or you may impale me like a roast pig on a spit.

The chancellor of a University presumably may impale its arms with his own.

Some impale themselves on the sharp-pointed stakes, and, hapless benefactors!

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, "to enclose with stakes, fence in," from Middle French empaler and directly from Medieval Latin impalare "to push onto a stake," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + Latin palus "a stake, prop, stay; wooden post, pole," from PIE *pak-slo-, from root *pag-/*pak- "to fasten" (see pact). Sense of "pierce with a pointed stake" (as torture or punishment) first recorded 1610s. Related: Impaled; impaling.

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