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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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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.
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.
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.
The querist repeated again and again what he had said before, and then Sancho said, "It seems to me I can set the matter right in a moment, and in this way; the man swears that he is going to die upon the gallows; but if he dies upon it, he has sworn the truth, and by the law enacted deserves to go free and pass over the bridge; but if they don't hang him, then he has sworn falsely, and by the same law deserves to be hanged."
Now if we remain here we shall die of hunger, and if we move out we shall be strung up on the gallows.'
'I stole it,' said the miser in the presence of all the people; 'I acknowledge that I stole it, and that you earned it fairly.' 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. It seemed to her she had been staggering in that street for hours.
"On the top of the gallows is fixed the knife, blade upwards, with its point in the air.
But I'll own up fairly, I've the shakes upon me for the gallows. You're a good man and a true; I never seen a better man!
"The gallows is a balance which has a man at one end and the whole earth at the other.