from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal One who is destined or deserves to be hanged.
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- n. A person who deserves to be, or is likely to be hanged.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a person who deserves the gallows.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who deserves to be hanged
Compare virtually identical French construction gibier de potence, and similar English jailbird. (Wiktionary)