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[mass noun] A form of torture in which the victim is exposed to the incessant dripping of water on the head or to the sound of dripping.
- ‘The beeping, it feels like Chinese water torture, right?’
- ‘Anyway, Chinese water torture couldn't make Aaron stay home and act like a functioning part of a family unit, so we gladly excused him.’
- ‘This included electrical shocks, water torture, drugs and beatings.’
- ‘Detained Papuans have suffered electric shocks, beatings, pistol whipping, water torture, cigarette burns, and confinement in steel containers for months on end.’
- ‘These included: humiliation, sleep deprivation, restraint, water torture, religious taunting, light deprivation, and other techniques of torture that have since come to light.’
- ‘Four hours of this stuff is like Chinese water torture.’
- ‘After hours of water torture, they led Lauren back to her room, haggard and soaked.’
- ‘Both men experienced the managerial equivalent of Chinese water torture as unforgivable on-field ineptitude undermined their employment prospects.’
- ‘This included electric shocks, water torture, beatings, drugs and being burnt with cigarettes.’
- ‘Such scars demonstrate the brutality of the mistreatment of the criminal suspect, although suspicions of water torture have not been verified.’
- ‘For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture.’
- ‘Ancient torture methods such as Chinese water torture are still in use across the world.’
- ‘Frankly, as long as it doesn't affect the taste or nutritional value, the chicken processors could subject them all to Chinese water torture such that they committed suicide and I wouldn't care.’
- ‘Listening to their nightly twaddle for hour on end is tantamount to Chinese water torture.’
- ‘So if you subject someone to water torture, or a mock execution, or you threaten to bury them alive, that's not torture because it doesn't leave bumps and bruises.’
- ‘Or will they apply the infamous Chinese water torture?’
- ‘‘Everyone is afraid to say no,’ wails one who's experienced this water torture first hand.’
- ‘If this fellow is being subjected to water torture, alligator clips, an so forth, it's not clear that anyone outside the government ever will find out.’
- ‘Watching is like experiencing Chinese water torture and with the ending comes a sense of relief.’
- ‘For their trouble, they were being subjected to sustained water torture.’
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