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Hangman’s Wages (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Hangman’s Wages

Thirteen pence halfpenny; which, according to the vulgar tradition, was thus allotted: one shilling for the executioner, and three halfpence for the rope, —N. B. This refers to former times; the hangmen of the present day having, like other artificers, raised their prices. The true state of this matter is, that a Scottish mark was the fee allowed for an execution, and the value of that piece was settled by a proclamation of James I. at thirteen pence halfpenny.

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

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Hand Basket Portion
Handle
Handsome
Handsome Reward
To Hang An Arse
Hang Gallows Look
Hang In Chains
Hang It Up
Hang Out
Hanger On
Hangman’s Wages
Hank
Hanker
Hans In Kelder
Hard
Hard At His A-se
Hare
Hark-ye-ing
Harman
Harman Beck
Harmans