hanging offense

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hanging offense

A crime, misdeed, or impropriety that is (hyperbolically) perceived to warrant death by hanging. Primarily heard in US. Political correctness has become so authoritarian these days that saying anything with even the slightest derogatory implication is seen as a hanging offense!
See also: hanging, offense

a hanging offence

a fault or crime so serious that the perpetrator should be executed.
1998 Spectator It is hardly a hanging offence to overlook telegrams about a small African country, but surely the Prime Minister must read JIC reports?
See also: hanging, offence
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It is hardly a hanging offence if the official did take the field minus his cards, but it would be unusual.
Coutinho's desire to form a new Holy Trinity with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barcelona - hardly a hanging offence - has plunged Liverpool's plans into turmoil and confusion.
However, the Kislyak call wasn't a hanging offence, and it probably wasn't even a prosecutable one.
After the war, Eli is captured and charged with high treason--a hanging offence.
I would make it a hanging offence for anyone not to pay a woman the same as a man.
None of which is a hanging offence, even if the thought of this financially troubled outfit - which was making staff redundant at the time - finding PS500,000 a year for another executive might be hard for many to fathom.
A senior party official said: "What he said is an indiscretion - not a hanging offence.
In fact, from the attitude of any ski instructor who found a can or cigarette butt, you'd think it was a hanging offence.
Seven days ago, not trying hard enough was a hanging offence, now trying too hard is an even worse crime.
That's not a hanging offence, either - well not yet, anyway - but it does, perhaps, suggest that this particular Guardian columnist is not with out bias when it comes to writing about "provincial" Liverpool.
Although capital punishment for murder was abolished in 1965, treason remained technically a hanging offence until only 10 years ago.
However, to lose and not entertain is perceived as a crime while to lose, not entertain, and be gutless is a hanging offence.
This is not a hanging offence, but it is not the only occasion in this introductory chapter at which such a blurring of context occurs.
A tweet is like clearing your throat to speak, and then having no time to say anything" Writer Salman Rushdie "Sex, as opposed to murdering someone, is something everybody can relate to, so everybody is a judge with sex" Actor Michael Douglas "I would make it a hanging offence for anyone not to pay a woman the same as a man.