Bridport

Stabbed with a Bridport dagger, i.e. hanged. Bridport, in Dorsetshire, was once famous for its hempen goods, and monopolised the manufacture of ropes, cables, and tackling for the British navy. The hangman's rope being made at Bridport gave birth to the proverb. (Fuller: Worthies.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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