One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who deserves to be hanged.
- ‘The gallows-bird was still corporal of our troop.’
- ‘His former secretary was a rascal, but he paid the price - that gallows-bird.’
- ‘I am a good judge of faces, and I can see that you are a true gallows-bird.’
- ‘And you would be a highwayman, would you, gallows-bird?’
- ‘This dastardly fellow, this gallows-bird of a conspirator is your own dear Cornelius, is he?’
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