Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Halter, or rather Halster.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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 hœlfter, a halter.)   1
“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.



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