jack lynch

Lynch

[linch]
noun
John ("Jack") 1917–1999, Irish political leader: prime minister 1966–73, 1977–79.
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lynch (lɪntʃ)
 
vb
(tr) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial
 
[probably after Charles Lynch (1736--96), Virginia justice of the peace, who presided over extralegal trials of Tories during the American War of Independence]
 
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Lynch (lɪntʃ)
 
n
1.  David. born 1946, US film director; his work includes the films Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), and Mulholland Drive (2001) and the television series Twin Peaks (1990)
2.  John, known as Jack Lynch. 1917--99, Irish statesman; prime minister of the Republic of Ireland (1966--73; 1977--79)

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lynch
1835, from earlier Lynch law (1811), likely named after William Lynch (1742-1820) of Pittsylvania, Va., who c.1780 led a vigilance committee to keep order there during the Revolution. Other sources trace the name to Charles Lynch (1736-1796) a Virginia magistrate who fined and imprisoned Tories in his
district c.1782, but the connection to him is less likely. Originally any sort of summary justice, especially by flogging; narrowing of focus to "extralegal execution by hanging" is 20c. Lynch mob is attested from 1838. The surname is either from O.E. hlinc "hill" or Ir. Loingseach "sailor." Cf. earlier Lydford law, from a place in Dartmoor, England, "where was held a Stannaries Court of summary jurisdiction" [Weekley], hence:
"Lydford law: is to hang men first, and indite them afterwards." [Thomas Blount, "Glossographia," 1656]
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jack lynch

Irish politician who was prime minister of Ireland from 1966 to 1973 and from 1977 to 1979.

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