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English definition of “gallows”

gallows

noun [C]     /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.Death penalties
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