hang verb definition in Types of punishment topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

hang

 verb: Types of punishment topic
(hanged, hanged) [transitive, intransitive] hang (somebody/yourself) to kill somebody, usually as a punishment, by tying a rope around their neck and allowing them to drop; to be killed in this way He was the last man to be hanged for murder in this country. She had committed suicide by hanging herself from a beam. At that time you could hang for stealing.

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