lynch

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First attested 1835, from Lynch law that appeared in 1811. There is a popular claim that it was named after William Lynch, but equally strong arguments would have it named after Charles Lynch.

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lynch (third-person singular simple present lynches, present participle lynching, simple past and past participle lynched)

  1. (pejorative) To execute (somebody) without a proper legal trial or procedure, especially by hanging.

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  • (execute without a proper legal trial): string up

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lynch

  1. Imperative singular of lynchen.
  2. (colloquial)First-person singular present of lynchen.