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Definition of Gallows

  GALLOWS   noun
A stage for the performance of miracle plays, in which the leading actor is translated to heaven.  In this country the gallows is chiefly remarkable for the number of persons who escape it.
  Whether on the gallows high
      Or where blood flows the reddest,
  The noblest place for man to die --
      Is where he died the deadest.

(Old play)

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
??Šl?uz n.pl. (usu. treated as sing.) 1 a structure, usu. of two uprights and a crosspiece, for the hanging of criminals. 2 (prec. by the) execution by hanging. °gallows humour grim and ironical humour. [ME f. ON g┴lgi]

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