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execution style

Describing a shooting in which the victim is conscious and shot at close range, often with no means of escape. I'm terrified to go into that neighborhood now that I've heard about the execution style shootings that have happened there.
See also: execution, style

a stay of execution

An official order to halt a court-ordered execution of a prisoner. The governor ordered a stay of execution after new DNA evidence had been discovered by investigators.
See also: execution, of, stay

a stay of execution

a delay in carrying out a court order.
See also: execution, of, stay
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All went well with Donnelly until, in the following year, he found among the sheaf of executions that fell to him the name of Timothy Donnelly.
Farther on are the cells where the prisoners were confined, and the death chamber where the executions took place.
Sentences may be denounced against them for violations of their duty; but these sentences can only be carried into execution by the sword.
The same process must be repeated in every member of which the body is constituted; and the execution of the plans, framed by the councils of the whole, will always fluctuate on the discretion of the ill-informed and prejudiced opinion of every part.
Prince, I wish you had seen an execution," said Aglaya.
If you have seen an execution, how can you say you lived happily all the while?
But to know what can and what cannot be executed is impossible, not only in the case of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in which millions participated, but even in the simplest event, for in either case millions of obstacles may arise to prevent its execution.
He needed only, as soon as the execution was over, to allow Mynheer Boxtel to ascend the scaffold with his servants, to remove the inanimate remains of his friend.
Remember, the execution is fixed for the day after tomorrow, and that you have but one day to work in.
At least, you must admire Moriani's style and execution.
Neither his blood, which did not cease to flow, nor the blows which redoubled in fury, nor the wrath of the torturer, who grew excited himself and intoxicated with the execution, nor the sound of the horrible thongs, more sharp and whistling than the claws of scorpions.
At length a bailiff from the Châtelet clad in black, mounted on a black horse, who had been stationed beside the ladder since the beginning of the execution, extended his ebony wand towards the hour-glass.
Those whom she sentenced were taken into custody by the soldiers, who of course had to leave off being arches to do this, so that by the end of half an hour or so there were no arches left, and all the players, except the King, the Queen, and Alice, were in custody and under sentence of execution.
But I discovered no trace of him and was beginning to conjecture that some fortunate chance had intervened to prevent the execution of his menaces when suddenly I heard a shrill and dreadful scream.
If he was then employed in superintending the execution of his client's will -- which is quite possible -- it follows clearly that he was in the secret of Mr.