hanging offence

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hanging offence (plural hanging offences)

  1. (idiomatic) A crime so serious that it is punishable by means of death by hanging.
    • 1908, John Fox Jr., The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, ch. 26:
      Word reached the ear of the prosecuting attorney of the only testimony that could establish a motive and make the crime a hanging offence.
    • 1999 June 18, Rod Beaton, "Astros winning despite obstacles," USA Today:
      Since when is it a hanging offense to criticize someone who's not doing the job he's paid generously to do?