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Anya Smitty

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“It’s not really your turn to cane,” he said.
“I know it’s not,” said Comus, fingering a very serviceable-looking cane as lovingly as a pious violinist might handle his Strad. “I gave Greyson some mint-chocolate to let me toss whether I caned or him, and I won. He was rather decent over it and let me have half the chocolate back.”

Dose "cane" mean "punish" here?

Source: The Unbearable Bassington by Saki
  • Biffo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It's in the dictionary

    cane /keɪn/n
    • the long jointed pithy or hollow flexible stem of the bamboo, rattan, or any similar plant
    • any plant having such a stem
    • strips of such stems, woven or interlaced to make wickerwork, the seats and backs of chairs, etc
    • (as modifier): a cane chair
    • the woody stem of a reed, young grapevine, blackberry, raspberry, or loganberry
    • a flexible rod with which to administer a beating as a punishment, as to schoolboys

    vb (transitive)
    to whip or beat with or as if with a cane

    Picture of a cane
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