- (figuratively) Any challenging, difficult, or painful ordeal, often one performed for atonement or punishment
- Protective armor for the hands.
- Simultaneous attack from two or more sides
- (archaic) Two parallel rows of attackers who strike at a criminal as punishment
- (rail transport) A temporary convergence of two parallel railroad tracks allowing passage through a narrow opening in each direction without switching.
- (nautical) A rope on which hammocks or clothes are hung for drying.