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Jack Ketch

noun British Slang.
  1. a public hangman.
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Origin of Jack Ketch

First recorded in 1665–75; named after John Ketch (1663?–86), English executioner noted for his brutality
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  • Dun was alſo the general name of hangman, before that of Jack-ketch.

    The Olden Time Series, Vol. 6: Literary Curiosities

    Henry M. Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for jack ketch

Jack Ketch

  1. British archaic a hangman
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Word Origin

C18: after John Ketch (died 1686), public executioner in England
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