Proverbs with the word Hang

A creaking gate hangs long

The proverb suggests that persons seemingly weak or in poor health often live a long time. This is mostly used for very sick people that are... Read more →

As well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb

In olden times a person found guilty of sheep-stealing was sentenced to death because stealing a lamb was as great a crime as stealing a sheep... Read more →

Give a thief enough rope and he’ll hang himself

If you give a bad person enough opportunity he will bring about his own downfall. There is a play on words in the proverb, for 'rope' has tow... Read more →

Give a dog a bad name and hang him

The phrase 'a bad name' means 'a bad reputation'. However untrue the charges may be, they may ruin a man's reputation and so 'hang him' - that... Read more →