hang (someone) for (something)
To execute someone by hanging for having committed a particular crime or misdeed. The phrase can also be used to describe a situation in which the punishment seems excessive. They can still hang you for murder, and they might just try. I'll admit, parking in a handicapped space was a mistake. But this is officer is trying to hang me for it!
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hang someone for something
1. Lit. to execute someone by hanging for doing something. The state prosecutor will try to hang you for this crime. The sheriff wanted to hang fed for murder.
2. Fig. to extract an overly severe punishment for some deed. They are trying to hang me for a parking ticket. You can't hang me just for coming in late!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.