gallows bird
noun Date: circa 1785 a person who deserves hanging

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Gallows bird — Gallows Gal lows, n. sing.; pl. {Gallowses}or {Gallows}. [OE. galwes, pl., AS. galga, gealga, gallows, cross; akin to D. galg gallows, OS. & OHG. galgo, G. galgen, Icel. g[=a]lgi, Sw. & Dan. galge, Goth. galga a cross. Etymologically and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gallows bird — n. Informal a person who deserves hanging …   English World dictionary

  • gallows bird — noun a person who deserves to be hanged • Hypernyms: ↑villain, ↑scoundrel * * * noun : one who deserves hanging * * * Informal. a person who deserves to be hanged. [1775 85] * * * gallows bird, Informal. a person who deserves to be hanged …   Useful english dictionary

  • gallows-bird — gallˈows bird noun A person who deserves hanging or has been hanged • • • Main Entry: ↑gallows …   Useful english dictionary

  • gallows bird — gal′lows bird n. Informal. inf a person who deserves to be hanged …   From formal English to slang

  • gallows bird — Informal. a person who deserves to be hanged. [1775 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • gallows bird — noun A person who deserves to be, or is likely to be hanged …   Wiktionary

  • gallows bird — person who deserves to be executed by hanging …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gallows bird — /ˈgæloʊz bɜd/ (say galohz berd) noun Colloquial someone who deserves to be hanged …   Australian English dictionary

  • Gallows — Gal lows, n. sing.; pl. {Gallowses}or {Gallows}. [OE. galwes, pl., AS. galga, gealga, gallows, cross; akin to D. galg gallows, OS. & OHG. galgo, G. galgen, Icel. g[=a]lgi, Sw. & Dan. galge, Goth. galga a cross. Etymologically and historically… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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