They that marry ancient people, merely in expectation to bury them, hang themselves in hope that one will come and cut the halter.
Now fitted the halter, now traversed the cart,And often took leave, but was loth to depart.Matthew Prior
No man e'er felt the halter draw,With good opinion of the law.john trumbull
"Foote," (said lord Sandwich) "I have often wondered what catastrophe would bring you to your end; but I think, that you must either die of the p-x, or the halter." "My lord," (replied Foote instantaneously) "that will depend upon one of two contingencies; whether I embrace your lordship's mistress, or your lordship's principles."Samuel Foote
Now fitted the halter, now travers'd the cart, And often took leave; but was loth to part.Matthew Prior
Then I cast loose my buff coat, each halter let fall, Shook off both my jack-boots, let go belt and all, Stood up in the stirrup, leaned, patted his ear, Called my Roland his pet name, my horse without peer; Clapped my hands, laughed and sang, any noise bad or good, 'Til at length into Aix Roland galloped and stood.Robert Browning
Blandishments will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a "halter" intimidate. For, under God, we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men.