paper hanger n.
1. (US Und.) one who habitually passes bad cheques.
|Life In Sing Sing 261: I went to the coast with a mob of paper-layers, but graft was on the fritter.|
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 101: Whoever thoughtlessly leaves his check book in accessible places incurs the jeopardy of [...] personal loss, seeing that ‘paper hangers’ are vigilant in the search for these.|
|Ade’s Fables 258: All the wise Paper-hangers and the fly Guitar Players had him marked up as a Noodle.‘The New Fable of the Lonesome Camp’ in|
|Keys to Crookdom 133: There are expert ‘paper hangers’ and ‘greenhorns.’ The experts generally are jail birds who have studied the game carefully.|
|Rocky Mountain News (Denver) 13 Nov. in AS III:3 254/1: Paper layer—Swindler.|
|Amer. Madam (1981) 175: Call a scratcher or paper hanger, he can copy any signature.|
|Station Days in Maoriland (1952) 100: I might have had a paperhanger murd’re on me’ track.‘London’ in|
|DAUL 152/1: Paper-hanger. One who issues or passes worthless checks. [...] Paper-layer, or -pusher. See Paper-hanger.et al.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 136: You are only being the most notorious paper hanger in Greater Mecca.|
|‘Sporting Life’ in Life (1976) 161: There’s the blow-up bang and the paper-hang / Where some poor chump gets beat.et al.|
|Women in Prison 448: Paperhanger Person who writes bad checks.|
|Kowloon Tong 135: They were all paper-hangers, the Chinese in Hong Kong, check-kiters and price-grubbers and pay-gougers.|
|Dead Men’s Wages (2003) 224: This one involved interceding with the Fraud Squad on behalf of a Mafia ‘paperhanger’ turned supergrass.|
2. (US) one who distributes free passes and/or cheap tickets to failing theatrical shows [paper n. (3)].
|On Broadway 2 July [synd. col.] ‘The Paperhanger’ — an old press agent [...] if you’ve got a flop show he can fill the house with ‘paper’ customers (passes and 50c) on six hours’ notice.|
passing bad cheques, forgery.
|AS II:6 280: When you first come in contact with an inmate he will probably tell you he is ‘doing time’ for ‘paper-hanging’ (forgery).‘Prison Lingo’ in|
|S.F. Examiner (CA) 27 June 13/1: Fall For Paper Hanging — Forgery conviction.|
|Joint (1972) 108: He’s in for paper-hanging, what else.letter 20 Nov. in|