tumbril

[ tuhm-bruh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF tumbril
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The second tumbril empties and moves on; the third comes up.

The tumbril and the guillotine would not have made her weep.

The bodies of the victims were placed in a tumbril lighted by torches.

Up the Canongate comes the rumbling of a tumbril, like the French Revolution.

Then she was put into the tumbril, and was started on her way to the scaffold.

He saw Jeanne, and only Jeanne, standing on the tumbril and being led to the guillotine.

He mounted the tumbril with him, he mounted the scaffold with him.

There was a pause, the crowd was so dense at this corner; then the tumbril moved on again.

There ensued a period when only a shrill keening marked the passing of Roderick as he was borne to the tumbril.

It has been told, by every writer, that she could look over at her girlhood home, as her tumbril crossed Pont au Change.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "two-wheeled cart," earlier an instrument of punishment of uncertain type (early 13c.), from Old French tumberel "dump cart," from tomber "(let) fall or tumble," possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Old Norse tumba "to tumble," Old High German tumon "to turn, reel;" see tumble). Notoriously used to take victims to the guillotine during the Reign of Terror.

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