heads·​man | \ ˈhedz-mən How to pronounce headsman (audio) \

Definition of headsman

: one that beheads : executioner

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Recent Examples on the Web The British prime minister has assembled a trio of headsmen to sever Britain from the mainland. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Theresa May’s Grim Brexit Strategy Comes into Focus," 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of headsman

circa 1562, in the meaning defined above

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“Headsman.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headsman. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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to constrict the range or activity of

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