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gallows humor

Humor that aims to make grim subjects, like death, funny or comical. (A "gallows" is the wooden frame from which criminals were traditionally hanged.) A: "Why would he say a morbid thing like that?" B: "Oh, that's just how Uncle Ned is—he's prone to gallows humor."
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Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] March 9 ( ANI ): A new bill in Rajasthan proposes either gallows or death in prison for rapists of girls 12 years or below.
Historian Peter Lee said that there are numerous links to Cat Gallows and witches, which date back centuries.
Two death row prisoners Mohammad Iqbal and Zahid Mehmood were sent to gallows in central jail Dera Ghazi Khan and Attock respectively.
Amjad Ali r/o Fatehjang was sent to gallows as he had killed Riasat Ali Khan and his wife Mukhtar Begum in 2002 over a family dispute.
Pfeifer Brown |in The Gallows Already terminally ill, the genre has now keeled over and died with the release of this high-school slasher in which a group of students are picked off one by one by a mysterious assailant.
The Gallows opens in 1993 at the first night of Beatrice High School's production of a period drama called The Gallows, which bears a passing resemblance to Arthur Miller's The Crucible.
THE GALLOWS (15) Starring: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford Directors: Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing Duration: 81 mins FORGET mathematics, English literature, history, science, geography and the American high school curriculum.
Rating THE GALLOWS (15) Starring: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford Directors: Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing Duration: 81 mins FORGET mathematics, English literature, history, science, geography and the American high school curriculum.
Twenty years later, football jock Reese Houser (Reese Mishler) hurriedly learns lines for the anniversary production of The forgettable Gallows at Beatrice High in order to impress lead actress Pfeifer Ross (Pfeifer Brown).
SARGODHA/MIANWALI/ SAHIWAL -- As many as four condemned killers were hanged at the gallows till death in different jails of Punjab in the wee hours of Tuesday.
But Ryan is not a lesser man, and he will use every weapon in his arsenal to deliver the killer to the gallows.
Londoner Timothy Evans, pictured, of Notting Hill was sent to the gallows for the murder of his wife Beryl and baby daughter Geraldine.
Most men being taken to the gallows are subdued and appear to have been drugged.
The slasher-pic 80s revived with gallows humour as resonant as deputy Dewey's dopy ringtone.
The chief judge of the court of cassation had issued the death verdict and the date of the execution had been set by the public prosecution, he said, noting that journalists were allowed to witness the execution by gallows with aim of deterring would-be criminals from committing such evil actions.