hang (someone or oneself) by the neck

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hang (someone or oneself) by the neck

To kill someone or oneself by hanging. Around these parts, they hang criminals like you by the neck.
See also: by, hang, neck
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hang someone by the neck

to execute someone or kill oneself by tying a noose around the neck and dropping the victim in order to break the neck or strangle the victim. The executioner hanged him by the neck until he died. He hanged himself by the neck.
See also: by, hang, neck
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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