Jack Ketch


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Jack Ketch

(kɛtʃ)
n
(Historical Terms) archaic Brit a hangman
[C18: after John Ketch (died 1686), public executioner in England]
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If he comes back, and leaves the boy behind him; if he gets off free, and dead or alive, fails to restore him to me; murder him yourself if you would have him escape Jack Ketch. And do it the moment he sets foot in this room, or mind me, it will be too late!'
No, no; reg'lar rotation, as Jack Ketch said, ven he tied the men up.
Jos, who would no more have it supposed that his father, Jos Sedley's father, of the Board of Revenue, was a wine merchant asking for orders, than that he was Jack Ketch, refused the bills with scorn, wrote back contumeliously to the old gentleman, bidding him to mind his own affairs; and the protested paper coming back, Sedley and Co.
'I will tell you what I should, under any other circumstances, as soon have thought of telling to - Jack Ketch.'
In later years they were joined by Toby the dog, a crocodile, a policeman, Jack Ketch the hangman - and the Devil.
Come and join the mayhem as Punch, accompanied by Judy, Baby, Toby the Dog, Joey the Clown, Scaramouche, Pretty Polly, Jack Ketch and the Crocodile, is forced to confront both the Devil roaming outside and the one residing within ...
It took its name from real-life executioner Jack Ketch, who was employed by King Charles II and famously botched the 1680s beheading of Lord Russell and the Duke of Monmouth.