"Off with his head". That is 'chop off his head'. I saw it in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. The Queen was in a furious passion, and went stamping about, and shouting 'off with his head!' or 'off with her head!'
So,'off with his head' is 'chop off his head'. If so why 'with'? '(Chop) off his head' does not have 'with'. The structure of this sentence is somewhat confusing me(non-native). Is 'Off' a verb or a adverb? Very confusing. If the Queen had said 'chop off his head!', it would easy for me to understand the structure of the sentence. but why 'off with his head?'
So, first, is 'Off' a verb or a adverb? Does 'off' mean 'chop off' or 'cut off'?
Second, This 'Chop off his head' does not have 'with', but why 'off with his head' does have 'with'?