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TUMBREL, punishment. A species of cart; according to Lord Coke, a dung-cart.
     2. This instrument, like the pillory, was used as a means of exposure; and according to some authorities, it seems to have been synonymous with the trebucket or ducking stool. 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 797; 3 Inst. 219; 12 Serg. & Rawle, 220. Vide Com. Dig. h.t.; Burn's Just. Pillory and Tumbrel.

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must be hiding in the palace basement, waiting for the sound of tumbrels rolling .
From the song and dance created by Tory politicians and their lapdogs in the media, you'd be forgiven for thinking that tumbrels are under construction in the basement of Unite the union, ready for a royal execution.
Not even essential safety upgrading of thousands of miles of ancient track can disguise the fact that so many of the carriages riding upon those glistening new rails are dowdy, litter-strewn tumbrels more suited to carrying farm stock than long- suffering passengers now paying some of the highest fares per mile anywhere in the world.
There is evidence of people taken on the tumbrels to Tyburn with a Minister saying you have done dreadful deeds and you are bound for hell, why not Praise the Lord.
Can you hear the sound of tumbrels rolling, the guillotine being sharpened, the mob baying for royal blood?
The turretted Conciergerie was the city prison, and thousands passed through waiting for the tumbrels to take them to Madame Guillotine.
Katowice was the beginning of the end for two icons of English football, where Bobby Moore's blunders in the 2-0 defeat in 1973 starting the tumbrels that carried Sir Alf Ramsey away nine months later.
The turreted Conciergerie was the city prison, and thousands passed through here waiting for the tumbrels to take them to Madame Guillotine.