the gallows; thus knock down/up for the crap, to sentence to be hanged.
|Life’s Painter 137: He was knocked down for the crap the last sessions.|
|‘Flash Lang.’ in Confessions of Thomas Mount 19: Knocked down upon the crap, condemned.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Pelham III 298: A square crib, indeed! aye, square as Mr. Newman’s courtyard – ding boys on three sides, and the crap on the fourth!|
|Paul Clifford III 126: I’ll go to the crap like a gentleman, and not peach of my comrades.|
|Letter-bag of the Great Western (1873) 105: You are too fond of drink, and keeping company with needy mizlers to kepe secrets for any wun without bringing him to the crap.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
(UK Und.) the hangman.
|Life’s Painter 155: The world vulgarly call him the hang-man, but here he is stiled the crap-merchant.|
|Morn. Post (London) 8 Nov. 3/4: A Beggar’s Opera. Crispin Heeltap— [I] am sincerely glad I escaped the Beak and the Crap Merchant.|