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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Torture (2 syl.).
 
The most celebrated instruments of torture were the rack, called by the English “the Duke of Exeter’s daughter;” the thumbikins, or thumbscrews, the boots, the pincers, the manacles, and the scavenger’s daughter (q.v.).   1
 


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