The whole business is the crudest sort of stratagem, since we have no way of foreseeing it to the end. It is a mere paying out of rope on the chance that somewhere along the length of it will be a noose.
A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.The Salvaging of Civilization (1921)
A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright.Robert A. Heinlein in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985).
But the worst slaughter, though with least hullabaloo Suffered hens. To the hencoop young Chook grimly flew, With a noose from their perches he fishes out thence Cockerils, and the rough-feathered, and big-crested hens. He each bird in turn throttled and in one heap stacked, Perfect poultry, which never for pearl barley lacked.Book Eight, The Foray
A happy childhood can't be cured. Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that's all, instead of a noose.Hortense Calisher, Queenie, 1971.
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