Pillory – A wooden frame with holes for the head and hands in which offenders were formerly imprisoned and exposed to public abuse
You can't take a pill or reach (pillory) an itch when your head and hands are imprisoned in a wooden frame.
Examples of pillory in a sentence
He was placed in the pillory for the villagers to mock.
People who break the law or rules were placed in a pillory as punishment.
Putting offenders in a pillory allowed for public humiliation to be an accessory to the punishment.