1. A form of execution used in China in which the condemned was killed by methodical removal of body parts with a knife.
2. “Death by a thousand cuts”

… It became clear to me that Anne was hell-bent on sabotaging the piece after I had dared that day to cancel our manic ever-changing meetings. She was not in a position of power to outright kill the piece, since Robbie had originally commissioned it, but she was ready to let it die by Lingchi, a thousand cuts.

From the post: How ELLE magazine ruined an incredible interview with enigmatic fashion icon Rei Kawakubo
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