from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal One who is destined or deserves to be hanged.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who deserves to be, or is likely to be hanged.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a person who deserves the gallows.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who deserves to be hanged


Compare virtually identical French construction gibier de potence, and similar English jailbird. (Wiktionary)


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