Since Deacon Hollingshead’s arrival in town last July the Dominion had been hard at work, cleansing New York City of moral corruption. “Corruption” is a popular word with the enthusiasts of the Dominion, usually uttered as a prelude to the knife, the docket, or the 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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