Needless to say, the gallows humor that is a hallmark of my former profession has lost much of its luster.
The boundaries of acceptable comedy have once again asserted themselves, limning the limits of gallows humor.
In April 1947, the former kommandant was hung on the gallows next to the old crematorium in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Zia, in bed with the Islamists who were being dispatched to the gallows by the tribunal, found her appeal ebbing.
If male, they were sent straight to the gallows after a brief trial for which they had no right of defense.
The members were the outcasts of every land—the flower of the gallows.
And they'll hang me to the gallows, mother—hang me till I'm dead!
She threatened the gallows, and handcuffs, and perpetual imprisonment, and an action for damages amidst her lamentations.
The gallows has me in its grasp, and it is a black phantom that may urge me on to something more.
Silas accompanied the condemned men to Tyburn, and saw the gallows for the first time.
c.1300, plural of Middle English galwe "gallows" (mid-13c.), from Old Norse galgi "gallows," or from Old English galga (Mercian), gealga (West Saxon) "gallows;" all from Proto-Germanic *galgon- "pole" (cf. Old Frisian galga, Middle High German galge "gallows, cross," German Galgen "gallows," Gothic galga "cross"), from PIE *ghalgh- "branch, rod" (cf. Lithuanian zalga "pole, perch," Armenian dzalk "pole"). In Old English, also used of the cross of the crucifixion. Plural because made of two poles.
Heb. 'ets, meaning "a tree" (Esther 6:4), a post or gibbet. In Gen. 40:19 and Deut. 21:22 the word is rendered "tree."