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GALLOWS. An erection on which to bang criminals condemned to death.

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He knows nothing," said Defarge; "at least nothing more than would easily elevate himself to a gallows of the same height.
On hearing the declaration of the Jewish doctor, the chief of police commanded that he should be led to the gallows, and the Sultan's purveyor go free.
A man was arrested for having caused his death, and held in custody till a gallows was erected.
Then his keen hunting-knife flew forth and in a trice, Stout Will, Lester, and merry John were free men and had sprung forward and seized the halberds from the nearest soldiers guarding the gallows.
It was no longer the fear of the gallows, it was the horror of being Hyde that racked me.
His terror of the gallows drove him continually to commit temporary suicide, and return to his subordinate station of a part instead of a person; but he loathed the necessity, he loathed the despondency into which Jekyll was now fallen, and he resented the dislike with which he was himself regarded.
Then the countryman stopped his fiddle, and left the miser to take his place at the gallows.
It comes -- we may say -- he was your true companion; nor less paribus curis vestigia figit, for I dare say you would both take an orra thought upon the gallows.
The street frightened her, since it led either to the gallows or to the river.
The fear of death paralysed her efforts to escape the gallows.
The memory of the early romance with the young butcher survived, tenacious, like the image of a glimpsed ideal in that heart quailing before the fear of the gallows and full of revolt against death.
No; I didn't know," he declared, with a sort of flabby stupidity, whose comical aspect was lost upon a woman haunted by the fear of the gallows, "but I do now.