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linch

n.

early 14c., lins, from Old English lynis "linchpin," from Proto-Germanic *luniso (cf. Old Saxon lunisa, Middle Dutch lunse, Dutch luns, German Lünse).

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  • The dissentient, Bristed, says that to linch is in various northern English dialects, and means to beat or maltreat.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken

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