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

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When all was ready the merchant was brought from prison and led to the foot of the gallows.
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.
And the soldier came to stiff attention as the Sheriff and his body-guard stalked pompously up to inspect the gallows.
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.
Then the countryman stopped his fiddle, and left the miser to take his place at 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.
When everything was ready, the gallows hung in the middle of the room, the loop made, and when the duke had cast a glance upon the plate of crawfish, in order to select the finest specimen among them, he looked around for his piece of glass; it had disappeared.
The mender of roads looked THROUGH rather than AT the low ceiling, and pointed as if he saw the gallows somewhere in the sky.
On the top of the gallows is fixed the knife, blade upwards, with its point in the air.
A moment before I had been safe of all men's respect, wealthy, beloved--the cloth laying for me in the dining-room at home; and now I was the common quarry of mankind, hunted, houseless, a known murderer, thrall to the gallows.
To take away my girl's bird was wrong, in my opinion; and my neighbour Allworthy may do as he pleases; but to encourage boys in such practices, is to breed them up to the gallows.