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Jack Ketch

[kech] /kɛtʃ/
noun, British Slang.
a public hangman.
Origin of Jack Ketch
First recorded in 1665-75; named after John Ketch (1663?-86), English executioner noted for his brutality Unabridged
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Jack Ketch

(Brit, archaic) a hangman
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C18: after John Ketch (died 1686), public executioner in England
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