hanging offense

Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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
References in classic literature ?
Smuggling is not, like polygamy, a hanging offense.
This is a hanging offense, and Frank Austen and Jane hope to help Tom prove his innocence.
That, yes, he made some mistakes, but they weren't hanging offenses.