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

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
References in classic literature ?
Smuggling is not, like polygamy, a hanging offense.
In an age when money is not only paper but paperless, an age in which democracy has the manners, though not the morals, of a Thai lady-boy, an age in which substance, in nearly every field of endeavor, is pretty much a hanging offense, deriding a politician for doing nothing is not only outmoded, it is naive.
This is a hanging offense, and Frank Austen and Jane hope to help Tom prove his innocence.
But the Kislyak call wasn't a hanging offense, and it probably wasn't even a prosecutable one.
Should all this happen, it would be time for a Nuremberg Tribunal, able to declare that this treason was a hanging offense for treachery and betrayal of the Jewish State and her people.
That, yes, he made some mistakes, but they weren't hanging offenses.