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Definitions of gallows

  1.   An instrument on which criminals are executed by hanging.
  2.   A wooden structure consisting of two uprights with a crossbar on the top, used for hanging criminals.
  3.   of Gallows
  4.   A wretch who deserves the gallows.
  5.   A pair of suspenders or braces.
  6.   Trousers braces.
  7.   A frame used for hanging criminals.
  8.   Two upright posts, with a crossbeam on top, from which criminals are hung.
  9.   A framework for hanging criminals.
  10.   An instrument on which criminals are executed by hanging; a wretch deserving the gallows.
  11.   instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which condemned persons are executed by hanging
  12.   The rest for the tympan when raised.
  13.   A frame from which is suspended the rope with which criminals are executed by hanging, usually consisting of two upright posts and a crossbeam on the top; also, a like frame for suspending anything.

Quotes of gallows

  1. They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors! – Nellie Bly
  2. As to my Title, I know not yet whether it will be honourable or dishonourable, the issue of the War must Settle it. Perhaps our Congress will be Exalted on a high Gallows – Abraham Clark
  3. If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows – Paul Eldridge

Usage examples for gallows

  1. It was the gallows – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009
  2. The place of execution was a high hill on the 25 outskirts of Salem; so that many of the sufferers, as they stood beneath the gallows could discern their habitations in the town. ” – Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year by E.C. Hartwell
  3. Soldiers, away with him to the gallows – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  4. As to my own notions, this is what I think,- a nasty country, a wretched climate, a people fit for the gallows – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  5. She did not relish the idea of being made a widow by the gallows – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  6. Some say that they only grow beneath gallows from that which falls there; that the male grows from the corruption of a man's body; and the female from that of a woman's; but that is surely a lie, and a foul one, too. ” – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  7. These are notions which serve to cheat the mind and represent as the road of pleasure that which is indeed the highway to the gallows – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward
  8. If you were sent to the gallows as a rebel with the rest, what would you say then? ” – Master Olof A Drama in Five Acts by August Strindberg
  9. Honest indeed, said Peter, like the thief on the gallows – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers
  10. He who wants to hang anybody or any thing, even though it be but a painting, ought to have at least a substantial gallows – NAPOLEON AND BLUCHER by L. Muhlbach
  11. If I complain to their master, said he to himself, they will certainly be flogged, and that I should be sorry for: yet they must not be let to go on stealing; that would be worse still, for it would surely bring them to the gallows in the end. ” – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  12. But I'll own up fairly, I've the shakes upon me for the gallows – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. Indeed it really was dressed in the garments of one of his old comrades, who had paid the penalty of his crimes on the gallows – Captain Fracasse by Theophile Gautier
  14. By Brown's order they were hanged upon a gallows until they were nearly strangled. ” – Stories Of Georgia 1896 by Joel Chandler Harris
  15. Of course, I don't mean she'll end on the gallows if that's what troubles you. ” – The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
  16. “ I, however, positively refused to see him, saying, that I believed him to be a great scoundrel, and that I would on no account suffer him to come into my room again; and I not only cautioned the Doctor against him, but I believe I told him to take care, or Castles would bring him to the gallows – Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3 by Henry Hunt
  17. “ Fortescue himself, perhaps because he was a second cousin of the queen and brother of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, seems to have escaped the gallows – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein
  18. He has his reasons, and they seem sufficient to him to keep him silent even under the shadow of the gallows – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees
  19. The blow has been struck, and I am not a man to neglect the precautions necessary to escape the gallows if I can. ” – The Amulet by Hendrik Conscience
  20. Miss Penny laughed, and rattled the miniature gallows of her ears. ” – Mortal Coils by Aldous Huxley

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