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Word: gallows

Definition: framework from which a noose is suspended (used for execution by hanging)


Sentences Containing 'gallows'

Depressed and slinking though they were, eyes of fire were not wanting among them; nor compressed lips, white with what they suppressed; nor foreheads knitted into the likeness of the gallows rope they mused about enduring, or inflicting.
At the gallows and the wheel the axe was a rarity Monsieur Paris, as it was the episcopal mode among his brother Professors of the provinces, Monsieur Orleans, and the rest, to call him, presided in this dainty dress.
Workmen dig, workmen hammer, soldiers laugh and sing; in the morning, by the fountain, there is raised a gallows forty feet high, poisoning the water.''
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.
``He knows nothing,''said Defarge;``at least nothing more than would easily elevate himself to a gallows of the same height.
The altitude of the gallows that would turn to water and quench it, no functionary, by any stretch of mathematics, was able to calculate successfully.
Tom Hyde, the tinker, standing on the gallows, was asked if he had anything to say.
Laws and the gallows could not pay the debt that was owing to me!
``The one M. de Villefort is preparing against my amiable assassin some brigand escaped from the gallows apparently.''
Some, indeed, do not avoid it; as some do not avoid the gallows.
Those proverbs will bring thee to the gallows one day, I promise thee; thy subjects will take the government from thee, or there will be revolts among them.
Well then, on this river there was a bridge, and at one end of it a gallows, and a sort of tribunal, where four judges commonly sat to administer the law which the lord of river, bridge and the lordship had enacted, and which was to this effect, 'If anyone crosses by this bridge from one side to the other he shall declare on oath where he is going to and with what object; and if he swears truly, he shall be allowed to pass, but if falsely, he shall be put to death for it by hanging on the gallows erected there, without any remission.'
It happened, however, that one man, when they came to take his declaration, swore and said that by the oath he took he was going to die upon that gallows that stood there, and nothing else.
The judges held a consultation over the oath, and they said, 'If we let this man pass free he has sworn falsely, and by the law he ought to die; but if we hang him, as he swore he was going to die on that gallows, and therefore swore the truth, by the same law he ought to go free.'
"That fellow will rise from crime to crime until he does something very bad, and ends on a gallows.
Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the gallows and the prison?
The horns of the cross-trees were sawed off on the other side, so that this old top-mast looked not a little like a gallows.
Perhaps I was over sensitive to such impressions at the time, but I could not help staring at this gallows with a vague misgiving.
A Coffin my Innkeeper upon landing in my first whaling port; tombstones staring at me in the whalemen's chapel; and here a gallows!
It sometimes ends in uncommon elevation, indeed; but only at the gallows.
"The gallows, ye mean.--I am immortal then, on land and on sea," cried Ahab, with a laugh of derision;--"Immortal on land and on sea!"
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