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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

take offence (at something)

To be or feel insulted, offended, or humiliated by something. Primarily heard in UK. I know your jokes were made completely in jest, but I couldn't help taking offence at them. I noticed your parents leaving in a bit of a huff earlier; I do hope they haven't taken offence.
See also: offence, take

no offense

What I have said or am about to say is not meant to offend or insult you, even though it could be interpreted that way. No offense, but I think it may be time you cleaned up your kitchen. All I'm saying is that I think we could use some more help with the renovation. No offense, John, you've been a big help.
See also: no, offense

no offense

Please don't feel insulted, I don't mean to offend you, as in No offense, but I think you're mistaken. This expression, first recorded in 1829, generally accompanies a statement that could be regarded as insulting but is not meant to be, as in the example.
See also: no, 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

no ofˈfence

(spoken) used to say that you do not mean to upset or insult somebody by something you say or do: No offence, but I’d really like to be on my own.
See also: no, offence
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Both offences have three requirements, however the section 46 offence has two additional requirements:
In 2015/16, a total of 29,083 offences were recorded as dealt with by conviction or diversion in the justice system in Northern Ireland.
Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths said: "This is a welcome development for the Operation Imperial investigation, which has been investigating allegations of slavery, forced labour, and other offences over a period of 30 years.
His offences include speeding in a 30mph zone and driving without insurance.
Across England and Wales, offenders were convicted for 44,595 offences committed while on bail in 2013 - an average of 122 a day, or one every 12 minutes.
Some 36,028 were not jailed despite 15 or more previous offences and just under 16,232 avoided prison despite 25 or more previous offences, the data obtained under freedom of information laws revealed.
The committee was informed that Bangladesh and Iran have 252 Pakistani prisoners in jails in offence of violation of immigration laws, overstay, border crossing and miscellaneous cases.
CHANGES to the number of times jockeys can strike a horse with a whip after the last obstacle will not allow for different course characteristics, despite the review finding evidence of a significantly higher rate of whip offences at six tracks, writes Jon Lees.
April 23, 2001: Three offences of failing to ensure a child attends school.
The second offence in section 319, set out in subsection (2), is the offence that has generated much more discussion of late, particularly because of the prescribed defences set out in subsection (3).
The most common failure of apologies, in my opinion, is the failure adequately to acknowledge the offence.
In 2014/15, a total of 9,601 first offences and 21,999 further offences were recorded as dealt with by conviction or diversion in the justice system in Northern Ireland.
In Saudia Arabia 1920 Pakistani prisoners are in jails on offence of drug trafficking, theft and rape.
In Azerbaijan and Bahrain 64 Pakistani prisoners are in different jails in offence of drug trafficking, fake currency, fraud and murder.
Not only is it an offence to knowingly employ a person barred by the Independent Safeguarding Authority, but it is also an offence for a barred person to work or even apply to work with the vulnerable group from which they have been barred.