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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Of course, Shelby is the likely culprit and if he is linked to the killing, it could not only ruin his political career but leave him facing the hangman's rope.
Time was when the distinction between the two was sharp, clear and enforced through the cutting edge of steel or the hangman's rope or the destructive power of a bullet.
And though he avoided the hangman's rope he still spent nearly two decades locked up for a crime Val is still convinced he did not commit.
Aasia Bibi had to spend eight years in solitary confinement in the death row under the shadow of the hangman's rope. This was a grave injustice that cannot be undone.
It was Emma's father who came in their defense and cut the hangman's rope around Montgomery's neck.
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.
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).