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Gallows-bird; 'a bundle fit for the rope.' Used in the late 16th and the 17th century, especially by the dramatists. Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, in THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE (1609) said: If he were my son, I would hang him up by the heels, and flea him, and salt him, whoreson haltersack! and in FOUR PLAYS IN ONE declared: Thy beginning was knapsack and thy ending will be haltersack [born bastard, to die hanged].
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