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Choak Pear (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Choak Pear

Figuratively, an unanswerable objection: also a machine formerly used in Holland by robbers; it was of iron, shaped like a pear; this they forced into the mouths of persons from whom they intended to extort money; and on turning a key, certain interior springs thrust forth a number of points, in all directions, which so enlarged it, that it could not be taken out of the mouth: and the iron, being case-hardened, could not be filed: the only methods of getting rid of it, were either by cutting the mouth, or advertizing a reward for the key. These pears were also called pears of agony.

Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.

Choak * Choaking Pye

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