(g soft). A foot-pad, who “piqued himself on being the
best-behaved man on the road.” (
To gibbet the bread (Lincolnshire). When bread turns out ropy and is supposed to be bewitched, the good dame runs a stick through it and hangs it in the cupboard. It is gibbeted in terrorem to other batches.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894