Take-a-ride-to-tyburn meaning

(archaic, idiomatic) To be executed.

He took a ride to Tyburn for stealing that purse.


Origin of take-a-ride-to-tyburn

  • The phrase originated from Tyburn, an ancient village outside London, where from at least 1330 to the 18th century public executions took place. Prisoners would typically be led from the city of London in an open cart to the infamous "Tyburn Tree", a triple gallows, under which a noose would be placed around their neck and the cart, in which they had been transported to the site, would be driven away, causing them to strangle to death.

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