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Thread #59418   Message #3521393
Posted By: Rapparee
31-May-13 - 09:34 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
gnu, "necked up" is a Western term meaning that an animal (and I include Shame therein) is tied by the neck and head to post or other firm fixture. This is often done when getting a horse used to the saddle, getting medicine into a cow, and so on. One use of it can be found in Gail Gardener's classic, "The Sierry Petes (or, Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail)":

They pruned him up with a de-hornin' saw,
An' they knotted his tail fer a joke,
They then rid off and left him there,
Necked to a Black-Jack oak.

If you were thinking that it meant some sort of preemptive capital punishment, there are a plethora of other terms for that, such as "jerked to Jesus", "strung up", and "strangulated".