draw\ and\ quarter

v. phr. literary
1. To execute someone in the barbaric medieval fashion of having him torn into four pieces by four horses tearing his body in four different directions.

The captured foreign marauders were drawn and quartered by the angry citizens of ancient Frankfurt.

2. To punish someone very severely.

"If you miss another homework assignment, John," the teacher said, "I'll have you drawn and quartered."


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • draw and quarter — verb pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes • Syn: ↑draw, ↑quarter • Derivationally related forms: ↑quarter (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • draw and quarter — {v. phr.}, {literary} 1. To execute someone in the barbaric medieval fashion of having him torn into four pieces by four horses tearing his body in four different directions. * /The captured foreign marauders were drawn and quartered by the angry …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • draw and quarter — {v. phr.}, {literary} 1. To execute someone in the barbaric medieval fashion of having him torn into four pieces by four horses tearing his body in four different directions. * /The captured foreign marauders were drawn and quartered by the angry …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • draw and quarter — Synonyms and related words: defoliate, denude, dismember, flay, grill, impale, keelhaul, lacerate, maim, mangle, mutilate, peel, pick to pieces, picket, pull apart, rack, shred, skin, strip, take apart, tar and feather, tear apart, tear to pieces …   Moby Thesaurus

  • draw and quarter — verb a) To execute a person by tying each limb to an animal and driving them in different directions. b) To severely punish or criticize someone …   Wiktionary

  • hang, draw and quarter — To hang (a person), cut him or her down while still alive, disembowel and cut him or her into pieces for exposure at different places (earlier, draw, hang and quarter to drag on a hurdle or otherwise to the place of execution, then hang and… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • draw — (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p. {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE. dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear, carry, D.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draw — [drô] vt. drew, drawn, drawing [ME drawen < OE dragan, akin to ON draga, to drag, Ger tragen, to bear, carry < IE base * dherāgh , to pull, draw along > L trahere, to pull, draw] I indicating traction 1. to make move toward one or along… …   English World dictionary

  • draw — v. & n. v. (past drew; past part. drawn) 1 tr. pull or cause to move towards or after one. 2 tr. pull (a thing) up, over, or across. 3 tr. pull (curtains etc.) open or shut. 4 tr. take (a person) aside, esp. to talk to. 5 tr. attract; bring to… …   Useful english dictionary

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