gallow

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From Middle English *galowen (attested in begalewen (to begallow)), from Old English *gælwian (attested in āgælwed (astonished; disconcerted)).

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gallow (third-person singular simple present gallows, present participle gallowing, simple past and past participle gallowed)

  1. (obsolete) To frighten or terrify
    • 1605: The wrathful skies / Gallow the very wanderers of the dark / And make them keep their caves. — William Shakespeare, King Lear III.ii

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