from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Variants of like .


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  • Across the road and the two inevitable ditches was a kind of lych gate, I do not know what other name to give it, a covered gateway and benches, where the family who lived behind the inclosure could take the air, and, incidentally, a bit of gossip, if they had any congenial neighbors.

    Social life in old New Orleans : being recollections of my girlhood,

  • A document appears in a plastic sleeve pinned to the wooden stump that once supported a lych-gate.

    GRAVE CONCERNS • by Oscar Windsor-Smith

  • Cameron could go in any direction, or none, because he cannot show he has any core values - despite all those family photos at lych gates.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • But Dal-gliesh, when he arrived alone, had been surprised to see Julius's Mercedes parked opposite the lych gate beside the Toynton Grange bus.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • The funeral was of a popular local man who lived just beside the lych gate, knew everybody for miles around, was a church warden and parish councillor.


  • The Tudor Revival style rectory, hall 1950, and adjacent cemetery with lych-gate complete the church complex.


  • The gate was massive, with supporting towers and a sloping roof like that of a lych-gate.

    Flashman on the March

  • In the deep shadow of the lych gate I cannoned off a hard body.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • “Lych” was the Old English word for corpse — hence the roofed-over lych gate outside most churches, for the temporary resting of the bier (and its bearers) on the way into the graveyard.

    The Moor

  • Fergus opened his mouth, brows arched skyward, then shut it again and turned without a word toward the black opening of the lych-gate, whence Jamie had disappeared.

    Drums of Autumn


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