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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.
References in classic literature ?
By trade he was a paper-hanger. We had much serious talk together.
The US construction industry is supported by more self-employed workers than most, with 60.9 percent of construction managers and 44.9 percent of painters and paper-hangers self-employed.
Yes, your paper-hangers and your pastry-makers ideally need a stage that is pro-tecteby a covering, just for one scene and immediately before the interval, so that the interval can be used for the clean-up job.