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Definition of Gallows


  1. of Gallows
  2. A frame from which is suspended the rope with which criminals are executed by hanging, usually consisting of two upright posts and a crossbeam on the top; also, a like frame for suspending anything.
  3. A wretch who deserves the gallows.
  4. The rest for the tympan when raised.
  5. A pair of suspenders or braces.

Gallows Quotations

I'm a big fan of gallows humor. When my aunt passed away, she was in a coma for a day before my cousins pulled the plug. And the amount of joking and base humor that went on that day around her bed was so insane. It's crazy how people talk when something horrible is happening.
Amanda Peet

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!
Nellie Bly

As to my Title, I know not yet whether it will be honourable or dishonourable, the issue of the War must Settle it. Perhaps our Congress will be Exalted on a high Gallows.
Abraham Clark

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.
Paul Eldridge

A lost election can have the jolt of a drop through the gallows door, leading to a dark night of the soul in which the future presses down like a cloud that will never lift.
James Wolcott
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Gallows Translations

gallows in French is potence
gallows in German is Galgen
gallows in Italian is patibolo
gallows in Norwegian is galge
gallows in Spanish is horca
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