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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

give offense to

To cause tension or displeasure. I tried to choose my words carefully, but, due to the controversial subject matter, I feared that I would give offense to the committee no matter what I said.
See also: give, offense

the best defense is a good offense

Proactively attacking one's opponents or enemies is the best way to protect oneself, since they will be occupied with defending themselves, rather than attacking. They have a lot of scoring power, so we need to attack the goal early and wear them out. The best defense is a good offense, girls.
See also: defense, good, offense

take offense (at) (something)

To be or feel insulted, offended, or humiliated by something. I know your comments were made completely in jest, but I couldn't help taking offense at them. I noticed your parents leaving early. I do hope they haven't taken offense.
See also: offense, 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: offense

best defense is a good offense

Prov. If you attack your opponents, they will be so busy fighting off your attack that they will not be able to attack you. (Often associated with sports. Often pronounced with the accent on the first syllable, similar to offense.) The team mostly practiced offensive moves because the coach believed that the best defense is a good offense. Jim thought that the best defense is a good offense, so he always tried to pass other drivers before they could pass him.
See also: defense, good, offense

mean no offense

not to intend to offend. (See also take no offense.) I'm really sorry. I meant no offense. It was simply a slip of the tongue. He meant no offense by it.
See also: mean, offense

No offense meant.

I did not mean to offend [you]. (See also No offense taken.) Mary: Excuse that last remark. No offense meant. Susan: It's okay. I was not offended.
See also: meant, offense

No offense taken.

I am not offended [by what you said]. (See also No offense meant.) Pete: Excuse that last remark. I did not want to offend you. Tom: It's okay. No offense taken.
See also: offense, taken

take offense (at someone or something)

to be insulted by someone or something. Bill took offense at Mary for her thoughtless remarks. Almost everyone took offense at Bill's new book. I'm sorry you took offense. I meant no harm.
See also: offense, take

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.
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take offense

Feel resentment or emotional pain, as in I didn't realize he'd take offense when he wasn't invited. [Mid-1800s]
See also: offense, take
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Table 4--Offenses, Offense Type, by Bias Motivation, 2012
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an offense arising under the general article may, depending upon the facts of the case, stand either as a greater or lesser offense of an offense arising under an enumerated article.
They cited 76 people for misdemeanor fireworks possession and related offenses.
You adjust your multiple wing to fit your players, rather than have the players fit the offense.
Factors that may be used in deciding whether to prosecute include the nature and seriousness of offense, pervasiveness of wrongdoing, corporate history of similar conduct, corporate cooperation, established compliance programs, corporate remedial actions, collateral consequences resulting from prosecution, adequacy of individual prosecution, and adequacy of remedies.
To begin with, federal penalties generally are much harsher than state penalties for the same offense.
Which type of criminal offense poses the greatest threat to your community?
Including the offenses surrounding the events of September 11, 2001, preliminary data show that the 2001 Crime Index remains at the 2 percent increase from the 2000 figure; the volume of violent crime increased .
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Moreover, noninstitutionalized mentally retarded offenders of both sexes in a large Swedish sample were convicted, on average, of as many crimes and for the same types of offenses as nonretarded offenders, report Anne G.
This is a complete violation of the rights of these employees who may now have their careers ruined for a minor offense that may have occurred over a decade ago.
The FBI bases percent cleared statistics on aggregated offense and clearance totals.
3 percent involved the offense category other, which is collected only in the National Incident-Based Reporting System.
Dorrell's West Coast offense has failed to produce big numbers in three of his four seasons.