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- n. A criminal who has narrowly escaped being hanged.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who has narrowly escaped the gallows for his crimes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who has escaped the gallows though deserving hanging; a villain: used in objurgation.
scape + gallows (Wiktionary)