thumbscrew

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Etymology[edit]

From thumb +‎ screw.

Noun[edit]

thumbscrew (plural thumbscrews)

  1. A screw that can be turned with the thumb and fingers.
  2. An instrument of torture used to crush the fingers.
  3. (figuratively) A weakness that can be taken advantage of.
    Law 33: Discover Each Man's Thumbscrew ― Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

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