Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 2 21:26:13 UTC 2012

_All Things Considered_ reports that Syrian rebels "executed
[captives] execution-style."

I.e., with a bullet to the head. Not in OED.  "Gangland-style" is a near
synonym, also absent from OED. Nor does OED really recognize the 20th C.
sense of "execution" as "the murder of a rival, esp. on orders, by a member
of a criminal gang, ."


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