choke pear

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Spikeless Pear, Museum der Festung Salzburg, Österreich


choke pear (plural choke pears)

  1. A metal torture device to be inserted into the body, consisting of a usually pear-shaped piece divided into spoon-like segments that can be spread apart by turning a screw.
  2. A kind of pear with a rough, astringent taste, difficult to swallow.
  3. (archaic, vulgar) A sarcasm by which one is put to silence; anything that cannot be answered.
    • Samuel Richardson
      I believe I have given her a choke-pear.


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