Part of Speech: Noun

Definition: to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.


Found in “Puerto Rican Obituary” by Ada Limon

“ Proud to belong to a community

of gringos who want them lynched


The speaker is being sarcastic in this poem. He is saying that the people of his country always dream about coming to America to fulfil their  dream life even though most of it are fantasies they thought of while in their country; such as living in a community of non-Hispanics. The speaker sarcastically added by saying those people would want to hang them.


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