One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A loop with a running knot, tightening as the rope or wire is pulled and typically used to hang people or trap animals.
coil, hoop, ring, circle, oval, spiral, curl, twirl, whorl, twist, hook, zigzag, helix, convolution, incurvationView synonyms
- ‘As he feels the noose tightening, Whitlock finds himself in a race against the clock to uncover the mysteries surrounding the deaths and maintain his innocence.’
- ‘It's a malevolent money noose that is tightening just as the festive season's bells and lights are beginning to chime and shine.’
- ‘The guard - the executioner - placed the noose over her head.’
- ‘We will be patient and continue to draw the noose tighter and tighter.’
- ‘I will be leaving the noose of the Internet very shortly.’
- ‘His task completed, the man was taken back to the gallows and again the noose was placed around his neck.’
- ‘The noose is tightening on him.’
- ‘Members of the study population were captured by placing a soft elastic noose around the perimeter of an active burrow entrance.’
- ‘A rope tied in a hangman's noose drapes her neck.’
- ‘He can barely pay the recently increased rent from his pension money, but there seems no way out of this noose.’
- ‘With the noose tightening around humanity's neck, the good ship Switchblade Honey is dispatched behind enemy lines, with a simple remit: strike hard, strike fast, and keep moving.’
- ‘Henry had already wrapped the noose around his neck.’
- ‘The dialogue alternatingly sparkles or darkens as various nooses, comic or otherwise, steadily tighten.’
- ‘Its gnarled branches twisted and turned into the air, and a hangman's noose hung from one of its thickest and strongest branches.’
- ‘Now if he could only convince himself to snap out of it before he found himself on the worse side of a hangman's noose.’
- ‘In an interview yesterday, he agreed the noose was tightening.’
- ‘The tidal wave of public spending has delivered some better roads, but it has not eased the gridlock that grips the capital city and, increasingly, tightens a noose around towns and cities around the country.’
- ‘They were enjoying their best spell of the game on 62 minutes, tightening the noose around Ashton when United broke and a shot thundered into Joe McMahon's arm from point-blank range.’
- ‘Then, one day in 1999, according to Elliott, a hangman's noose appeared near his desk.’
- ‘They're drawing the noose around their own necks!’
- ‘On the scaffold, before the noose is placed about his neck, his chains and the rope that binds his hands are struck off, and he is asked what he has to say.’
- ‘I don't think marriage has to be this noose around your neck.’
- ‘He had seen it before the noose had been placed on his neck.’
- ‘And have you noticed, if you're a male office worker you also get to wear your own personal noose around your neck.’
- ‘For some reason, there were three nooses hanging there.’
- ‘‘Thank you,’ I said, reaching up to free my hair from the noose.’
- ‘I draw back on the shortened rope and begin tying it into another noose.’
- ‘How many businesses will want to spend money making their own nooses?’
- ‘He climbed the ladder leaving Garry clutching a cat box and catcher noose at the bottom.’
- ‘His lavish past has left its mark financially, and the creditors are now tightening the metaphorical noose.’
- ‘They feel the noose being tightened and they know that we have the military means to crush them.’
- ‘It's a classic tale: Small-town boy moves to the big city to throw off the noose of repression and take a walk on the wild side.’
- ‘He told Cross to stand on the pipes beneath the window and put the noose around his neck explaining that this would secure a transfer to hospital for both of them and they would be able to get drugs.’
- ‘This is another small step to close the noose on cheaters.’
- ‘Grabbing a loose piece of rope from the roof top, he quickly made two nooses and threw the rope at the thieves.’
- ‘But hanging from a beam in the center of a room typically reserved for celebrations and weddings is a crude, handmade noose fashioned out of three electrical wires.’
- ‘The King was blindfolded and his head placed in the noose.’
- ‘I bent down and removed the noose from the girl's neck.’
- ‘The inmate is blindfolded and taken to the execution room, where the noose is secured and the inmate's knees are tied.’
- ‘But it appears from this case that the noose is tightening by stealth.’
- 1.1the noose Death by hanging.
- ‘One might have expected criminals awaiting trial to have been especially defensive, doing their best to avoid the noose by shifting blame elsewhere.’
- ‘My dreams for the future have now atrophied to simply ‘keeping the noose at bay.’’
- ‘Yet he is one of the three still facing the noose.’
- 1.2the noose A difficult situation regarded as a restraint or bond.‘the West is exploring ways to tighten the economic noose’
1Put a noose on (someone)‘she was noosed and hooded, then strangled by the executioner’
- ‘The novitiate, blindfolded and noosed, was brought before them and a gun fired into the air.’
- ‘When the hangman came to noose her she knocked him clean out of the cart.’
- 1.1 Catch (an animal) with a noose.
- ‘Pitfall traps were placed opportunistically next to logs to supplement noosing and remained there for the entire study.’
- ‘Individuals were noosed, measured, weighed, and marked with synthetic paint to ease observation.’
- 1.2 Form (a rope) into a noose.
- ‘Six boys found her body with a black chiffon scarf noosed around her neck.’
- ‘A silver-blue rope of sorts was noosed around the creature's throat.’
put one's head in a noose
Bring about one's own downfall.
- ‘This was the awakening, the realization that I had officially and for all time put my head in a noose and the hangman was taking his sweet time.’
Late Middle English: probably via Old French no(u)s from Latin nodus ‘knot’.
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