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paper hanger

One who writes bad or dishonored checks, especially out of habit or as a criminal profession. Sometimes hyphenated. Apparently there's been a paper hanger passing through the state, depositing bad checks on Fridays and then skipping town before the banks are open on Monday. He was a paper-hanger for a while back in college. Nothing too serious, mostly just did it to pay for groceries or school supplies when he was low on cash.
See also: hanger, paper

paper-hanger

n. someone who tries to pass bad checks. (see also paper, paper-pusher.) He’s wanted as a paper-hanger in four states.
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Mr TC Borwan, Weights and Measures Inspector, who purchased the ale, admitted that the place was in confusion owing to paper hangers being at work, and the landlady told him he was fortunate in being served at all.