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Derʹrick

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A hangman; a temporary crane to remove goods from the hold of a vessel. So called from Derrick, the Tyburn hangman early in the seventeenth century, who for more than a hundred years gave his name to gibbets. (See Hangman.)

“He rides circuit with the devil, and Derrick must be his host, and Tyborne the inn at which he will light.”—Bellman of London, 1616.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Derby Stakes
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Dernier Ressort (French)
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Derwentwater
Desdemona (in Shakespeare’s Othello)
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