Definition of noose noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//nuːs//
; NAmE NAmE//nuːs//
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a circle that is tied in one end of a rope with a knot that allows the circle to get smaller as the other end of the rope is pulled a hangman’s noose The noose tightened around her neck. They tied a noose around her neck. (figurative) His debts were a noose around his neck. Word Originlate Middle English: probably via Old French no(u)s from Latin nodus ‘knot’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: noose