Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers
c.1600, originally "hangman," then "a gallows," then "hoist, crane" (1727), from surname of a hangman at Tyburn gallows, London, c.1606-1608, often referred to in contemporary theater. The name represents a late borrowing from the Low Countries (cf. Dutch Diederik) of Old High German Theodric.
A shoplifter (1908+ Underworld)verb
To remove a player from a game: Shotton derricked him in favor of Cookie Lavagetto (1943+ Baseball)
[fr the notion of lifting on a derrick; the contrivance commemorates a Tyburn hangman of that name, who practiced about 1600]
apparatus with a tackle rigged at the end of a beam for hoisting and lowering. Its name is derived from that of a famous early 17th-century hangman of Tyburn, Eng. In the petroleum industry, a derrick consisting of a framework or tower of wood or steel is erected over the deep drill holes of oil wells to support the tackle for boring, to raise and lower the drilling tools in the well, and to insert and remove the well casing or pipe. Similar smaller structures mounted on trucks are also called derricks. The derrick is a type of crane (q.v.).