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gallows

noun [C] uk   /ˈɡæl.əʊz/ us    /-oʊz/ ( plural gallows)
a wooden structure used, especially in the past, to hang criminals from as a form of execution (= killing as a punishment): New witnesses have cast doubt on some of the evidence that sent the 19-year-old to the gallows.
Translations of “gallows”
in Spanish horca…
in French gibet…
in German der Galgen…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指舊時的)絞刑架…
in Russian виселица…
in Turkish darağacı…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指旧时的)绞刑架…
in Polish szubienica…
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