gallows bird

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noun Informal.

a person who deserves to be hanged.

Nearby words

  1. gallovidian,
  2. gallow,
  3. galloway,
  4. gallowglass,
  5. gallows,
  6. gallows frame,
  7. gallows humor,
  8. gallows humour,
  9. gallows tree,
  10. gallsickness

Origin of gallows bird

First recorded in 1775–85

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gallows bird

noun

informal a person considered deserving of hanging
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