One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
behead, cut off the head of, guillotine, put on the blockView synonyms
- ‘The murderer is instantly decollated.’
- ‘Upon taking off the cloth he beheld a human head just decollated.’
- ‘You may remember him as the photographer from ‘The Omen’ who gets spectacularly decollated by a pane of glass…’
Late Middle English: from Latin decollat- ‘beheaded’, from the verb decollare, from de- (expressing removal) + collum ‘neck’.
Separate sheets of paper, such as multi-ply computer paper, into different piles.
- ‘The Martin Yale 950 desktop decollator is capable of decollating three-part (five-ply) carbon-interleaved forms.’
- ‘The symptoms reported by three of approximately 15 persons in the department were thought to be caused by decollating carbonless copy paper.’
- ‘We have no more need for bursting and decollating multi-part stationery or lining up pre-printed stationery.’
1960s: from de- ‘away from’ + collate.
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