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gallows tree

or gallow tree

noun
1.
a gallows.
Origin of gallows tree
900
before 900; Middle English galwe tree, Old English galgtrēow, equivalent to galg(a) gallows + trēow tree
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Examples from the Web for gallows tree
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  • Three sledges waited for us in the yard to draw us to the gallows tree.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • 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
  • They gazed raptly upon the gallows tree where pirates used to dangle.

    Little Erik of Sweden Madeline Brandeis
  • Thy body, I sweare by the holye rood, Shall hang on the gallows tree.

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

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • 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
  • It was a little figure bound hand and foot and hanging from the gallows tree.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • Like the McPherson who danced so wantonly and rantingly beneath the gallows tree, she remained brave-hearted to the end.

British Dictionary definitions for gallows tree

gallows tree

noun
1.
another name for gallows (sense 1)
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