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
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His teams since then have been given a bit of wriggle room, and if you are a developing team it is not a hanging offence to lose the odd game.
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.
It is not a hanging offence but referee Nigel Owens was quick to brandish the card and Hartley feels his crime-sheet is doing him no favours.
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.
Yet it is almost a hanging offence to be out when they do and our friendly postmen have to break the rules to leave it with a neighbour.
A senior party official said: "What he said is an indiscretion - not a hanging offence.
There could be some criticism, they could say that maybe I've maybe misjudged that and I would accept that if that were the case, but it's not a hanging offence I don't think.
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.
Empties are not permitted to mix with back issues of my Western Mail while using the wrong coloured bag to dispose of bottles, cans and newspapers could be a hanging offence.
OK, he got drunk and acted like a buffoon on that flight home from Scotland with Cardiff, but flicking a few ice-cubes at fellow-passengers is hardly a hanging offence.
Watering the beer was a hanging offence in Grangetown years ago.