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Jack Ketch

[kech] /kɛtʃ/
noun, British Slang.
1.
a public hangman.
Origin of Jack Ketch
1665-1675
1665-75; named after John Ketch (1663?-86), English executioner noted for his brutality
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  • I du believe the people hereabouts thinks me only a single hair better than a Jack Ketch.

    The Seaboard Parish Vol. 2 George MacDonald
  • Jack Ketch would be in permanence; and then who would hang Jack Ketch?

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • We are afraid of no Jack Ketch; and I see no cause to repent of any sin that's not hanging matter.

  • Punch knocks down Jack Ketch, and continues to dance and sing.

    Punch and Judy Willliam J. Judd
  • One man would have liked to have brought in a verdict that would have handed over his wife to the tender mercies of Jack Ketch.

  • The man in a mask was Jack Ketch (whatever his name was); who can doubt it?

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
  • Officers should assist Jack Ketch in his rôle of tax-gatherer, and all preventers should be formally tried by the magistrates.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • No, no; reg'lar rotation, as Jack Ketch said, ven he tied the men up.

    The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens
  • Executions are so uncommon in Switzerland, that Jack Ketch would starve if he was not thus associated with death.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Come, at last urged Jack Ketch, the time is arrived; but his coaxing words and tone were unavailing.

British Dictionary definitions for Jack Ketch

Jack Ketch

/kɛtʃ/
noun
1.
(Brit, archaic) a hangman
Word Origin
C18: after John Ketch (died 1686), public executioner in England
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