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rope

Cynical Definitions

n. An obsolete appliance for reminding assassins that they too are mortal.

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Cynical Quotations

[Rope] is put about the neck and remains in place one's whole life long. It has been largely superseded by a more complex electrical device worn upon another part of the person; and this is rapidly giving place to an apparatus known as “parole”.

— Ambrose Bierce [updated by Guy Smith]

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