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Definition of guillotine verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    guillotine

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪlətiːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪlətiːn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they guillotine
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪlətiːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪlətiːn//
     
    he / she / it guillotines
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪlətiːnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪlətiːnz//
     
    past simple guillotined
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪlətiːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪlətiːnd//
     
    past participle guillotined
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪlətiːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪlətiːnd//
     
    -ing form guillotining
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪlətiːnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪlətiːnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1guillotine somebody to kill somebody by cutting off their head with a guillotine Thousands of aristocrats were guillotined during the French Revolution.
  2. 2guillotine something (British English) to cut paper using a guillotine
  3. 3guillotine something (British English, politics) to limit the amount of time spent discussing a new law in Parliament to guillotine a bill
  4. Word Origin late 18th cent.: from French, named after Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (1738–1814), the French physician who recommended its use for executions in 1789.
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