gallows

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scaffold

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an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging

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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.
When all was ready the merchant was brought from prison and led to the foot of the gallows.
And the soldier came to stiff attention as the Sheriff and his body-guard stalked pompously up to inspect the gallows.
If I sought to enter by the house, my own servants would consign me to the gallows.
The place of execution was a high hill, on the outskirts of Salem; so that many of the sufferers, as they stood beneath the gallows, could discern their own habitations in the town.
Since you demand the truth, monseigneur, here it is: -- I have a hundred and twenty friends or companions of pleasure, who are sworn to me as the thief is to the gallows.
said the countryman; but the judge told him that was not likely, and cut the matter short by ordering him off to the gallows.
The gallows is a balance which has a man at one end and the whole earth at the other.
If you don't see the doctor again soon, under the gallows, you will probably not have the pleasure of meeting with him for some considerable time.
gallows is chiefly remarkable for the number of persons who escape it.
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.
Truly, if my hope broke with me, it might come to the gallows yet for both of us.
This was frightful enough, but Mrs Verloc, though not a well-informed woman, had a sufficient knowledge of the institutions of her country to know that gallows are no longer erected romantically on the banks of dismal rivers or on wind-swept headlands, but in the yards of jails.
The gallows,' continued Fagin, 'the gallows, my dear, is an ugly finger-post, which points out a very short and sharp turning that has stopped many a bold fellow's career on the broad highway.