Death of a thousand cuts if something is suffering the death of a thousand cuts or death by a thousand cuts lots of small bad things are happening none of which are fatal in themselves but which add up to a slow and painful demise. Death by a thousand cuts is a figure of speech that refers to a failure that occurs as a result of many small problems death by a thousand cuts could refer to the termination of a proposed deal . Death by a thousand cuts was a finalist and received an honourable mention for the professional scholarly publishing psp division of the association of american publishers 2008 prose award in the world history and biography autobiography category. Death by a thousand cuts photos from late qing dynasty by fauna saturday february 20 alternately transliterated ling chi or leng tche also translated as the slow process the lingering death or death by a thousand cuts was a form of execution used in china from roughly ad 900 until its abolition in 1905 as a form of
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