verb (used with object)
- lynch law,
- lynch, jack,
Origin of lynch
Examples from the Web for lynch
And that would have been the moment for Lynch to turn his back.
Lynch was surely not afraid of showing disrespect to the mayor.
Lynch kept gazing straight ahead as De Blasio joined Bratton at the other end of the color guard.
One question was why Lynch did not think this was also true of cops who turned their backs earlier on Sunday.
Lynch stayed in the street, exchanging greetings with cops who had been in formation and were now streaming past.
Lynch implied there were no osteological bases for the separation of Eleutherodactylus, Syrrhophus, and Tomodactylus.
"Better not let the brethren hear you talk like that, or they'll lynch you," said the doctor, with a laugh.Trent's Trust and Other Stories|Bret Harte
The axles are wood alone, and even the lynch pins are wooden.The Remarkable History of the Hudson's Bay Company|George Bryce
He would have run for it, but he knew that the sounds of his movements would bring Lynch on his heels.Bruce of the Circle A|Harold Titus
The testimony of Lynch and Schwarz should, therefore, forever settle the question of the existence of the acacia in Palestine.The Symbolism of Freemasonry|Albert G. Mackey
Word Origin for lynch
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.