hang by the neck

hang someone by the neck

to execute someone or kill oneself by tying a noose around the neck and dropping the victim in order to break the neck or strangle the victim. The executioner hanged him by the neck until he died. He hanged himself by the neck.
See also: hang, neck
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WB Yeats underwent emergency treatment for car-crash injuries yesterday - but had to hang by the neck while work on his new home was completed.
Pirates of the Caribbean did not contain images that suggested it was possible to hang by the neck without consequences.