gallows

Part of speech: noun

A framework for hanging criminals.

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Usage examples "gallows":

  1. But just bide here, while a gallows I prepare." - "The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson", Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson.
  2. As the window of his prison was over thirty feet from the ground, and a sentinel with a carbine and revolver stood below, it was thought that the bird who had so frequently escaped his cage before was safe at last, and fairly on his way to the gallows. - "Charlie to the Rescue", R.M. Ballantyne.
  3. The menace of the cotton- wood gallows outrivalled even Maudie and her moods. - "The Magnetic North", Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond).