Mr. stang told me that the case was still dragging through the courts; I never learned the result.
In the olden days, the offender himself was often compelled to ride the stang.
I use the word "stang" here to please Jimmieboy, by the way.
There is believed to have been no example of riding the stang in Cumberland or Westmorland during the last half century.
"Riding the stang," or pole, is still common in out-of-the-way Lancashire villages.
At one time the schoolmaster was likened to a perched radish, and again he was "riding the stang" for his sins.
stang of the trump, the best member of a family, the most judicious or agreeable person in a company, S. B.
To ride the stang was a popular punishment for husbands who behaved cruelly to their wives.
Offenders of this description are mounted a-straddle on a long pole, or stang, supported upon the shoulders of their companions.
stang: an old word for a perch, sixteen feet and a half, also for a rood of ground.
Old English stingan "to prick with a small point" (of weapons, insects, plants, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *stenganan (cf. Old Norse stinga, Old High German stungen "to prick," Gothic us-stagg "to prick out," Old High German stanga, German stange "pole, perch," German stengel "stalk, stem"), from PIE *stengh-, nasalized form of root *stegh- "to prick, sting" (cf. Old English stagga "stag," Greek stokhos "pointed stake"). Specialized to insects late 15c. Slang meaning "to cheat, swindle" is from 1812.
Old English stincg, steng "act of stinging, stinging pain," from the root of sting (v.). Meaning "carefully planned theft or robbery" is attested from 1930; sense of "police undercover entrapment" first attested 1975.
v. stung (stŭng), sting·ing, stings
To pierce or wound painfully with or as if with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
To introduce venom by stinging.
To cause to feel a sharp smarting pain by or as if by pricking with a sharp point.
The act of stinging.
The wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging.
The venom apparatus of a stinging organism.
A penile erection