1. to hang, to choke to death.
|‘The Second Part’ Rump Poems and Songs (1662) I 163: That it please thee to assist / Our Agitators, and their List, / And Hemp them with a gentle twist.|
|‘The Assembly of Modern Divines’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1885) V:1 182: There’s Johnson the Apostate, who deserves to be hemp’d.|
|Englishman in Kansas 264: This infernal scoundrel will have to be hemped yet.|
|Sl. Dict. (1890).|
|Kansas 50: Some talked of ‘hemping’ the scoundrel, while others felt more like ‘cutting his throat’.|
2. to garrotte in order to rob.
|Vocabulum 41: hemp the flat Choke the fool.|