hanging offense

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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
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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
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The pain of being parted from Denis had stabbed at her heart; she did believe she loved him and hoped he loved her, nor was she convinced that in 1958 illicit love should count as a hanging offence. So she had stuck out her chin, waywardly truculent, chip off the old block, and had told them it was love.
Leaking details of the broadcast was once virtually a hanging offence but it seems that this is now actually a duty of palace officials.
It is hardly a hanging offence if the official did take the field minus his cards, but it would be unusual.
"I don't think it was a hanging offence. I don't think it would merit ending Mr Halligan's political career, but I don't think what he did was acceptable, it was wrong."
Coutinho's desire to form a new Holy Trinity with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barcelona - hardly a hanging offence - has plunged Liverpool's plans into turmoil and confusion.
However, the Kislyak call wasn't a hanging offence, and it probably wasn't even a prosecutable one.
But it was hardly a hanging offence. Sometimes that's just the way it goes.
After the war, Eli is captured and charged with high treason--a hanging offence. Can Jacob save his friend from the gallows?
"I would make it a hanging offence for anyone not to pay a woman the same as a man.
A senior party official said: "What he said is an indiscretion - not a hanging offence. He could have expressed himself more carefully and he has been reminded of that.
He said the issue of not having good enough health visiting service has moved to becoming a 'hanging offence' rather than an 'eye rolling' one for politicians.
In fact, from the attitude of any ski instructor who found a can or cigarette butt, you'd think it was a hanging offence.
Seven days ago, not trying hard enough was a hanging offence, now trying too hard is an even worse crime.