Jack Ketch
Jack Ketch Jack" Ketch" [Perh. fr. Jack, the proper name + Prov. E. ketch a hangman, fr. ketch, for catch to seize; but see the citations below.] A public executioner, or hangman. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The manor of Tyburn was formerly held by Richard Jaquett, where felons for a long time were executed; from whence we have Jack Ketch. --Lloyd's MS., British Museum. [1913 Webster]

[Monmouth] then accosted John Ketch, the executioner, a wretch who had butchered many brave and noble victims, and whose name has, during a century and a half, been vulgarly given to all who have succeeded him in his odious office. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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