John (“Jack”) 1917–1999, Irish political leader: prime minister 1966–73, 1977–79.
(transitive) (of a mob) to punish (a person) for some supposed offence by hanging without a trial
David. born 1946, US film director; his work includes the films Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006), and the television series Twin Peaks (1990)
John, known as Jack Lynch. 1917–99, Irish statesman; prime minister of the Republic of Ireland (1966–73; 1977–79)
1835, from earlier Lynch law (1811), likely named after William Lynch (1742-1820) of Pittsylvania, Virginia, who c.1780 led a vigilance committee to keep order there during the Revolution. Other sources trace the name to Charles Lynch (1736-1796) a Virginia magistrate who fined and imprisoned Tories in his district c.1782, but the connection to him is less likely. Originally any sort of summary justice, especially by flogging; narrowing of focus to “extralegal execution by hanging” is 20c. Lynch mob is attested from 1838. The surname is perhaps from Irish Loingseach “sailor.” Cf. earlier Lydford law, from a place in Dartmoor, England, “where was held a Stannaries Court of summary jurisdiction” [Weekley], hence:
Lydford law: is to hang men first, and indite them afterwards. [Thomas Blount, “Glossographia,” 1656]
Related: Lynched; lynching.
- John marshall
[mahr-shuh l] /ˈmɑr ʃəl/ noun 1. Alfred, 1842–1924, English economist. 2. George C(atlett) [kat-lit] /ˈkæt lɪt/ (Show IPA), 1880–1959, U.S. general and statesman: secretary of state 1947–49; Nobel Peace Prize 1953. 3. John, 1755–1835, U.S. jurist and statesman: chief justice of the U.S. 1801–35. 4. Thomas Riley, 1854–1925, vice president of the U.S. 1913–21. 5. […]
- John maynard keynes
[keynz] /keɪnz/ noun 1. John Maynard, 1st Baron, 1883–1946, English economist and writer. /keɪnz/ noun 1. John Maynard, 1st Baron Keynes. 1883–1946, English economist. In The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936) he argued that unemployment was characteristic of an unregulated market economy and therefore to achieve a high level of employment it […]
- John mccarthy
person, artificial intelligence A pioneer of artificial intelligence (he coined ther term). He invented Lisp at MIT in the late 1950s and later worked at SAIL. (ftp://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc). E-mail: . (2003-08-06)
- John motley
[mot-lee] /ˈmɒt li/ noun 1. John Lothrop [loh-thruh p] /ˈloʊ θrəp/ (Show IPA), 1814–77, U.S. historian and diplomat. /ˈmɒtlɪ/ adjective 1. made up of elements of varying type, quality, etc 2. multicoloured noun 3. a motley collection or mixture 4. the particoloured attire of a jester 5. (obsolete) a jester adj. late 14c., “parti-colored” (originally […]