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date: 19 August 2018

higher than Gilderoy's kite adj. (also as high as Gilderoy , higher than Gilroy's kite) [phr. to be hung higher than Gilderoy's kite, to be punished more savagely than one's fellow-criminals. The 17C Scot. robber Gilderoy of whom a ballad notes: ‘Of Gilderoy sae fraid they ware/They bound him mickle strong,/Tull Edenburrow they led him thair,/And on a gallows hong;/They hong him high above the rest, …’ so high that he resembled ‘a kite in the air’] (US) 

Source:
Green's Dictionary of Slang
Author(s):

Jonathon Green

extremely high. ...

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