One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for branks
- ‘Rather less appealing are the cells and torture chamber, with chilling displays of racks, a spiked interrogation chair, and despicable implements called ‘scold's bridles’ and ‘shrews fiddles’.’
- ‘I favoured the more macabre exhibits: scold's bridles, instruments of torture, things like that.’
- ‘One innovation will be the use of historical objects - such as a scold's bridle (a metal device used to hold down a woman's tongue) - to illustrate contemporary themes such as domestic violence.’
- ‘We've got replica handcuffs, manacles, thumb screws, a branding iron and even a scold's bridle, a metal head cage often used to punish and humiliate gossips to stop them from talking!’
- ‘Surely, they must be the most uncomfortable garment ever invented, this side of a scold's bridle.’
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