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Jack Ketch

[ kech ]
/ kɛtʃ /
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noun British Slang.

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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British Dictionary definitions for Jack Ketch

Jack Ketch
/ (kɛtʃ) /

noun

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