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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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This Article or any of the Rules does not make any distinction between the demands which are discussed in the House and those which are guillotined.
AS the mother of a mentally disabled daughter, I was horrified by Owen Lister's suggestion that such children should be guillotined.
At the bloodthirsty height of the French Revolution, on July 17, 1794, sixteen Carmelite Sisters were guillotined for being members of a religious community.