string up

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string up (third-person singular simple present strings up, present participle stringing up, simple past and past participle strung up)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To kill (a person) by hanging, especially to lynch.
    • 1911, Fergus Hume, Red Money, ch. 8:
      I'd string up the whole lot if I had my way, Silver. Poachers and blackguards every one of them.
    • 2003, J. Barry and E. Thomas, "Boots, Bytes and Bombs," Newsweek, 17 Feb.:
      After years of brutal repression, any member of Saddam's palace guard stands to be strung up from the nearest lamppost by a vengeful Iraqi populace.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic, obsolete) To die by hanging.
    • 1818, Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy, ch. 13:
      "And now, my friend," said the Captain, "let us understand each other. You have confessed yourself a spy, and should string up to the next tree."
  3. (transitive, idiomatic) To suspend by means of rope, cord or similar material.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) To concatenate; to link in a line.
    • to string up a sentence