gallows bird

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gallows bird a person who deserves to be hanged
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gallows bird a person who deserves the gallows.
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Usage

In literature:

A gallows-bird with a terrible face.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
And now to the gallows-bird who was still corporal of our troop: it was not long before Raffles was to have his wish and the traitor's wicket.
"Raffles" by E. W. Hornung
You saw gentlemen and celebrities cheek by jowl with gallows-birds.
"A Distinguished Provincial at Paris" by Honore de Balzac
You don't leave Port Royal, my fine gallows bird.
"Captain Blood" by Rafael Sabatini
So, you gallows-bird, you yell out?
"Amphitryon" by Moliere
Then the boy ran back and picked up the kid, and took it to the Black Gallows Bird.
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
What's this to you, you gallows-bird, you crow's meat?
"The Satyricon, Vol. 2 (The Dinner of Trimalchio)" by Petronius Arbiter
You see we've had quite different gallows-birds here.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
I'll drive the horses myself, you gallows-bird!
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
What I have just told you, you young gallows-bird, is worth more than a bottle of brandy.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
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