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gallows tree

or gallow tree

a gallows.
Origin of gallows tree
before 900; Middle English galwe tree, Old English galgtrēow, equivalent to galg(a) gallows + trēow tree Unabridged
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  • Now that they had caught him they could condemn him to be hanged on the spot, and away they hurried him to the gallows tree.

    East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen
  • Three sledges waited for us in the yard to draw us to the gallows tree.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • It ended in your becoming a rambler and a gambler: it is going to end this evening on the gallows tree.

    The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet George Bernard Shaw
  • It bears a grimly significant resemblance to a gallows tree.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • "gallows tree" hill, against which the first charge of the counter attack was delivered, was held by nearly 1000 tribesmen.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • And still the gallows stood on the Field of Sleep, and also a big elm tree which sometimes served as the "gallows tree."

    Greenwich Village Anna Alice Chapin
  • Thy body, I sweare by the holye rood, Shall hang on the gallows tree.

  • One pictured a gallows tree; and, turning from that image, one pictured a firing squad at sunrise.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • They gazed raptly upon the gallows tree where pirates used to dangle.

    Little Erik of Sweden Madeline Brandeis
  • It was a little figure bound hand and foot and hanging from the gallows tree.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
British Dictionary definitions for gallows tree

gallows tree

another name for gallows (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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