Why was clemency trending last week?
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]