gibbet

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gibbet

a. a wooden structure resembling a gallows, from which the bodies of executed criminals were formerly hung to public view
b. a gallows
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As for you -- I cannot suppose you will be silly enough to denounce yourselves, for then the king, to spare himself the expense of feeding and lodging you, will send you off to Scotland, where the seven hundred and forty-one gibbets are to be found.
Then he placed the gibbet in the middle of the room, bursting with laughter.
And after having mangled, and torn, and completely stripped the two brothers, the mob dragged their naked and bloody bodies to an extemporised gibbet, where amateur executioners hung them up by the feet.
We're that near the gibbet that my neck's stiff with thinking on it.