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Halter

A Bridport dagger (q.v.). St. Johnstone's tippet.

Halter

or rather Halster. A rope for the neck or halse, as a horse's halter. (Anglo-Saxon, hals, the neck; but there is also the word hælfter, a halter.)

A thievisher knave is not on live, more filching, no more false;
Many a truer man than he has hanged up by the halse [neck].

Gammer Gurton.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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