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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!
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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.
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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 2--Incidents, Offenses, Victims, and Known Offenders, by Offense Type, 2012
Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses which involve force or threat of force.
Teters, the Court of Military Appeals (CMA) adopted this "elements test" for lesser included offenses under Article 79, UCMJ.
Among the resolutions will be one setting the fines for illegal fireworks, illegal dumping and graffiti at $2,500 for a first offense, $5,000 for a second offense and $10,000 for a third offense within three years, City Attorney Matt Ditzhazy said.
As a football contractor, he has put together a very imposing structure that he calls Coaching a Winged-T Based Multiple Offense that even Shaughnessy, Jones, and Halas would have envied.
New statutes applicable to health care fraud offenses were enacted as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
Person crimes include offenses such as homicide, rape, robbery, assault, sex offenses and kidnapping.
In addition to duplicating state law, Congress has created derivative offenses, such as racketeering and mall fraud, an approach that makes convictions easier to obtain because the offense consists mainly of otherwise innocuous behavior.
Property offenses are burglary, car theft, trespassing, and vandalism.
Preliminary figures for 2001, excluding the data mentioned above, suggest that the volume of violent crime offenses remained relatively unchanged--a .
Together, criminal offenses accounted for only 32 percent of delinquency complaints.
The individuals convicted of offenses, whether they are mentally retarded or not, often had serious behavior problems during childhood, the researchers note.
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.
Agencies must report clearances for specific offense breakdowns on either the Return A or the Monthly Return of Arson Offenses Known to Law Enforcement to be included in this table.
In 2010, 1,949 law enforcement agencies reported 6,628 hate crime incidents involving 7,699 offenses.