hangman's rope

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Noun1.hangman's rope - a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging
gallows - an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging
running noose, slip noose, noose - a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled
rope - a strong line
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The execution was botched and she thrashed at the end of the hangman's rope for three minutes.
A bullet from the hero's trusty Colt or Winchester cuts the hangman's rope and saves the innocent person's life.
Between the likes of the Dalton Gang and Bonnie and Clyde, we find small time ne'er-do-wells, like Rufus Buck, whose fifteen-day crime spree ended on a hangman's rope, and psychopaths, such as Lawrence DeVol, whose string of crimes reached all the way to Minnesota before he went out in a hail of gunfire in Oklahoma in 1936.
Bagpipe Ninety seconds of humiliation later and the very panel that gave him the hangman's rope developed amnesia and denied responsibility: "You should do it at home.
Anne and her eldest son, John, watched in stunned silence as the last gasps for breath of her husband and John's father, Ralph Morden UE, gave way to silence as he slowly slumped and then swayed in the wind at the end of the hangman's rope.
Even though Ellis did not give evidence, the jury took just 43 minutes to return a unanimous not proven verdict and Ellis escaped the hangman's rope.
It was hard work attempting to decipher the paper titles, jargon heavy as a hangman's rope and harder still to endure the presentations--all designed pontifically to impress an international audience.
From here, Kolin indicates in Funnyhouse of a Negro how the heroine as a faceless female with a hangman's rope around her neck, and with red blood for a face conveys hopelessness (27).
If we only look at the politics of lynching a warrior-hero, abusing him on the gallows, keeping him awake the night before by banging on his cell door and flaunting before his bleary eyes the hangman's rope, we can see just how dim the whole plan was.
HE MET an ignominious death at the end of hangman's rope, but he is one of the men who might have brought an early end to the Second World War.
The beam stands today and bears chaffing marks from the hangman's rope.