from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To drop from a high place upon sharp stakes or hooks as a punishment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To drop from a high place upon sharp stakes or hooks, as the Turks dropped malefactors, by way of punishment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put to death by letting fall from a height upon hooks or sharp stakes, or by hanging on a hook thrust between the ribs or through the pectoral muscles, as is or has been done with malefactors in Oriental countries.
  • n. The punishment or torture of ganching.
  • To make a snatch or snap at anything with open jaws, as a dog.
  • n. A snatch at anything with open jaws; a bite.


Compare French ganche, also Spanish and Portuguese gancho hook, Italian gancio. (Wiktionary)



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