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or drygulch

[drahy-guhlch] /ˈdraɪˌgʌltʃ/
verb (used with object), Informal.
to ambush with the intent of killing or severely mauling:
The riders were dry-gulched by bandits.
to betray by a sudden change of attitude or allegiance:
The party dry-gulched its chief candidate at the convention.
Origin of dry-gulch
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  1. To murder, esp by pushing over a cliff (1930+ Western)
  2. To knock senseless; bushwhack, clobber: Then one of them got into the car and drygulched me (1940s+)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr the practice of killing the animals of another rancher by stampeding them over a cliff into a gulch; perhaps fr attacking sheepherders out of a gulch and killing their animals]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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