scapegallows

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Etymology[edit]

scape (archaic for escape) +‎ gallows

Noun[edit]

scapegallows (plural scapegallowses)

  1. (colloquial, dated) A criminal who has narrowly escaped being hanged.
    • 1838–1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby:
      [] And remember this, 'scapegallows,' said Ralph, menacing him with his hand, 'that if we meet again, and you so much as notice me by one begging gesture, you shall see the inside of a jail once more []

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