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A noose is a loop at the end of a rope in which the knot slides to make the loop collapsible.

Hanging noose used at public executions outside Lancaster Castle, circa 1820-1830

Knots used for making nooses include the running bowline, the tarbuck knot, and the slip knot. The knot most closely associated with execution is the Hangman's knot, which is also known as the "hangman's noose".

Nooses are illegal in some US states, such as New York.

In the US, a noose is sometimes left as a message in order to intimidate people. Its meaning is derived from its use in segregation era lynchings.[1][2][3][4]

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  1. ^ Noose incidents evoke segregation-era fears, MSNBC,
  2. ^ CNN, Coast Guard tries to deal with noose incidents,
  3. ^ The Many Costs of Racism, pg. 2, Joe R. Feagin, Karyn D. McKinney, ISBN 0742511189, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.,2005
  4. ^ Haunted: the symbolism of the noose Temitope Oriola; Charles Adeyanju, African Identities, 1472-5851, Volume 7, Issue 1, 2009, Pages 89 – 103.


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