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A dog-hanging

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 13, 2006

In Reply to: A dog-hanging posted by ESC on April 12, 2006

: : Does anyone know the origin of the expression "a dog-hanging", meaning some sort of significant social or public gathering? Example: "John and Fiona's wedding was the best dog-hanging I've been to for ages". I think that the expression is still commonly used by the older generation in Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire.

: Maybe there is a connection with this:

In earlier centuries dogs were sometimes judicially hanged (which gives rise to a saying in British legal circles "you wouldn't hang a dog on that evidence"). The British public notoriously enjoyed seeing a person publicly hanged, and would flock from miles around to attend such an event; I dare say for want of a human hanging people would go to a dog-hanging.