Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person who deserves to be hanged.
- n. One who has been hanged.
“Hath this gallows-bird aught remaining wherewith to buy slave-girls?”
“Quoth Zurayk, who returned at the sound, Thy perfidy hath come to light, O gallows-bird!”
““He is a gallows-bird that will get on in the world,” said Etienne, careless whether the wily schemer overheard the remark or not, as he shut the door of the box.”
“What's this to you, you gallows-bird, you crow's meat?”
““What a gallows-bird!” said Pere Canquoelle to his neighbor Monsieur Pillerault.”
““Why, thou gallows-bird — thou jail-rat — thou friend of the hangman and his customers!” replied Foster, “hast thou the assurance to expect countenance from any one whose neck is beyond the compass of a Tyburn tippet?””
“Dick Malone, my gallows-bird, I arrest you in the name of the law.”
“You're to sell, you mean, you gallows-bird," returned Jasper.”
“It's true," said he, "I am gallows-bird enough myself, but then I'm open, and no man can say I'm a-fear'd; but Johnny, Johnny, who" ----”
“At last he began to abuse Johnny for being, as he said, such a sneaking, cowardly fellow -- such a treacherous, false-hearted gallows-bird.”
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Specific use of the word bird to describe those featherless bipeds with the broad nails. (From Plato's description of man. See chicken.)
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