Now the lynchers are black and have replaced hemp with hot lead.
And when the juries were finally obtained, although the evidence was conclusive, they acquitted the lynchers, one after another.
The lynchers had arrived, and they were hammering on the door.
The judge had an agonized vision of regulators and lynchers.
The lynchers raised their rifles and emptied them, but not at the house.
General and soldiers are in the precise position, before the law, of a mob of lynchers carrying out the judgment of a Lynch court.
These western hills were rocky, and at their end a growth of firs, scrub oak, and brush gave the lynchers shelter.
Even the lynchers were forced to admit that Everest was the most "dead game" man they had ever seen.
I didn't sleep much in Elreno jail, for I wanted to be wideawake when the lynchers came.
The lynchers placed him on a horse under a tree, and then drove the animal away, leaving him suspended from a limb.
1835, from earlier Lynch law (1811), likely named after William Lynch (1742-1820) of Pittsylvania, Virginia, who c.1780 led a vigilance committee to keep order there during the Revolution. Other sources trace the name to Charles Lynch (1736-1796) a Virginia magistrate who fined and imprisoned Tories in his district c.1782, but the connection to him is less likely. Originally any sort of summary justice, especially by flogging; narrowing of focus to "extralegal execution by hanging" is 20c. Lynch mob is attested from 1838. The surname is perhaps from Irish Loingseach "sailor." Cf. earlier Lydford law, from a place in Dartmoor, England, "where was held a Stannaries Court of summary jurisdiction" [Weekley], hence:
Lydford law: is to hang men first, and indite them afterwards. [Thomas Blount, "Glossographia," 1656]Related: Lynched; lynching.