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noun noose pronunciation in American English /nus/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of rope that is formed into a circle at one end, so that if you pull the other end the circle becomes smaller. A noose is used for killing someone by hanging them by the neck.
    1. a.

      the noose

      mainly literary the punishment of being killed by hanging
  2. 2
    [singular] a dangerous situation that is difficult to escape from
    put/stick/place your head in a noose (=to put yourself in a dangerous situation):

    Politically, the party has put its head in a noose.

    tighten the noose (=to make a situation more difficult to escape from):

    The international community was tightening the economic noose around South Africa’s neck.


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