pillory (plural pillories)
- A framework on a post, with holes for the hands and head, used as a means of punishment and humiliation.
a framework on a post used as a means of punishment and humiliation
- (transitive) To put in a pillory.
- (transitive) To subject to humiliation, scorn, ridicule or abuse.
- (transitive) To criticize harshly.
2011 September 24, Aled Williams, “Chelsea 4 - 1 Swansea”, in BBC Sport:
- The breakthrough came through Torres who, pilloried for his miss against Manchester United a week earlier, scored his second goal of the season.
put someone in a pillory
subject someone to humiliation, scorn, ridicule or abuse