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Bed (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Bed

Put to bed with a mattock, and tucked up with a spade; said of one that is dead and buried. You will go up a ladder to bed, i.e. you will be hanged. In many country places, persons hanged are made to mount up a ladder, which is afterwards turned round or taken away, whence the term, “Turned off.”

Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.

Beck * Bedfordshire

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