WHEEL, BREAKING ON THE

WHEEL, BREAKING ON THE
   a very barbarous mode of inflicting death at one time, in which the limbs of the victim were stretched along the spokes of a wheel, and the wheel being turned rapidly round, the limbs were broken by repeated blows from an iron bar; this is what the French roué means, applied figuratively to a person broken with dissipation, or what we call a rake.

The Nuttall Encyclopaedia. . 1907.

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