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guillotine

1. 
a. a device for beheading persons, consisting of a weighted blade set between two upright posts
b. the guillotine execution by this instrument
2. a device for cutting or trimming sheet material, such as paper or sheet metal, consisting of a blade inclined at a small angle that descends onto the sheet
3. Med a surgical instrument for removing tonsils, growths in the throat, etc.
4. (in Parliament, etc.) a form of closure under which a bill is divided into compartments, groups of which must be completely dealt with each day

What does it mean when you dream about a guillotine?

Dreaming about having one’s head cut off in a guillotine could indicate a loss of one’s rational perspective on something. Perhaps the dream is a literalizing of the expression “to lose one’s head.” (See also Beheading, Decapitation).

guillotine

[‚gē·yə′tēn]
(graphic arts)
A heavy steel knife used to cut printing plates made of copper, zinc, or magnesium and to trim excess metal from electrotype or stereotype casts.

bench trimmer, trimming machine, guillotine

A machine for cutting the ends of two pieces of wood to any desired angle.

guillotine

invented during French Revolution as a humane method of capital punishment. [Fr. Hist.: Benét, 429]
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In 2003, Left MP Roop Chand Pal had tried to do something similar (move a cut motion on guillotined demands for grants) but the Speaker did not allow voting on this.
1793: Marie Antoinette, Queen of France as wife of Louis XVI, was convicted of treason and guillotined in Paris.
This is the first constitutional measure which has been not only guillotined but also where a Government has been forced to use the Parliament Act procedures.
FORMER Tory deputy mayor of Swindon Owen Lister provoked outrage by saying severely disabled children should be guillotined to avoid spending money on their care.