Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hang v.1

1. a euph. for to hell with...! under hell n.

[UK]Shakespeare Henry IV Pt 2 II iv: He a good wit! Hang him, baboon!
[UK]Jonson Epicene II ii: A mere talking mole, hang him.
[UK]W. Goddard poem in Wardroper (1969) 165: ‘Want’st members, knave?’ quoth she. ‘Oh, hang thee, then! / We ladies ne’er relieve dismembered men.’.
[UK]J. Taylor Crabtree Lectures 124: No matter said the Poulterers wife, hang money [...] the next customer that comes shall pay for this pint.
Wit’s Intelligencer in Wardroper (1969) 107: No, hang a mistress, I’ll have none, / No such toy to dote upon.
[UK]Wandring Whore II 11: But hang Conscience and honesty, ’tis absurd policy, dishonest actions are proper with other persons, in other places, and for our profit.
[UK]D’Urfey Madam Fickle I i: Hang pinching – Harry thou shalt have her.
[UK]Behn Rover III i: Hang your considering Lover; I never thought beyond the fancy that ’twas a pretty, idle, silly sort of pleasure.
[UK]M. Pix Innocent Mistress I ii: Hang her. I hinted love but once, and she has abused me ever since.
[UK]Congreve Way of the World I ii: No, no, hang him, the rogue has no manners at all.
[UK]S. Centlivre Wonder! III iii: Don’t think to coax me. Hang your kisses.
[UK]Foote Englishman Returned from Paris in Works (1799) I 121: Deserves it! Hang him.
Coles Eng. – Lat. Dict. 229: [...] Hang him [reply’d she] he has no Mony.
[UK]H. Cowley Belle’s Stratagem IV i: Hang Harriet, and Charlotte, and Maria! the name your father gave ye!
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff All at Coventry I ii: Hang love! Give me some very grave, serious, moral, edifying book.
[UK]Egan Life in London (1869) 204: Hang all the bawds; for where’s a great vice / Than taking in young creatures all so nice?
[UK]T. Hood ‘Tylney Hall’ Works (1862) III 215: No, no; hang Clowns and Fools.
Bristol Mirror 1 Oct. 6/4: The State Bank — busted all to pieces, and hang me if I didn’t lose thirty per cent.
[Scot]Paisley Herald 24 Mar. 1/3: Ah! hang you, you put on your temping looks again [...] odd rot you.
[UK]C. Reade Hard Cash II 218: Hang the grub; it turns my stomach.
[US]W.H. Thomes Slaver’s Adventures 16: ‘Hang your mate! You seem to think that the schooner can’t move without an officer,’ pettishly exclaimed the owner.
G. Leybourne ‘Oh the Fairies’ 🎵 Hang all the landladies.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 14 Dec. 4/1: Hang it, now it’s all over, the girl was nearly as much to blame as he was.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) IV 864: It was Louisa’s friend. ‘Hang him,’ said Louisa, ‘let’s have a poke.’.
[US]G. Bronson-Howard Enemy to Society 220: Oh, hang Isabel!
[UK]‘Bartimeus’ ‘A Gunroom Smoking Circle’ in Naval Occasions 41: ‘Oh, hang you and your earthquake!’ said the Sub. ‘I’m sick of earthquakes – who won the Test Match?’.
[UK]E. Raymond Tell England (1965) 111: Hang you, I don’t want your sympathy.

2. in passive, a euph. for damn v. (2)

[UK]Three Ladies of London II: Marry, farewell and be hang’d, sitten, scald, drunken Jew.
[UK]J. Day Blind Beggar of Bednall-Green Act III: Farewell Swash and be hang’d.
[UK]W. Haughton English-Men For My Money F3: Farewell and be hang’d Signor.
[UK]T. Heywood Captives IV i: Marry, a good motion; farewell and bee hangde.
[UK]J. Taylor ‘A Brood of Cormorants’ in Works (1869) III 5: I wish them hang’d that are such Friends to mee.
[UK]J. Ray Proverbs (2nd edn) 346: Farewell and be hang’d, friends must part.
[UK]J. Crowne City Politicks IV i: Poetry be hang’d, and prose too!
[UK]Fielding Joseph Andrews (1954) I 82: ‘You be hanged,’ says the other.
[UK]Foote The Commissary 19: March and be hang’d to you — you sooty-fac’d —.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 25: Go and be hang’d, you blust’ring whelp.
[UK]J. Reynolds Blind Bargain I i: And just then, and be hang’d to un, my Lord nodded to my Lady, and away she went wi all my sweethearts.
[UK]Morn. Post 26 Sept. 2/2: When I gave her a piece of my mind [...] she snapped her fingers in my face, ‘you be hanged, I be unsunned snow’.
[UK]M. Scott Cruise of the Midge II 243: ‘You be hanged, Felix,’ quoth his ally.
[UK] ‘A Merry Christmas’ in Bentley’s Misc. Mar. 264: ‘You be hung!’ cried her husband.
[UK]Thackeray Shabby Genteel Story (1853) 32: I have found an old acquaintance (and be hanged to him!), who has come to lodge in this very house.
[UK]Talfourd & Seymour Sir Rupert, the Fearless I v: Botheration! Lurlaine be hanged.
[UK]T. Hughes Tom Brown’s School-Days (1896) 113: ‘You be hanged,’ said Flashman.
[Ind]Hills & Plains I 57: ‘[M]y wife must be pretty, hang it!’.
[UK]J. Greenwood Unsentimental Journeys 37: You be hanged, you old fool!
[US]‘A High Private’ Man who was not a Colonel 154: ‘Tomorrow be hanged!’ exclaimed he.
[UK]W.S. Gilbert ‘The Mystic Selvagee’ Fifty ‘Bab’ Ballads 272: ‘Oh, you be hanged,’ said Captain P.
[UK]Sporting Times 8 Feb. 1/3: Worse be hanged! A wretched order like that! how could it have been worse?
[UK]Chelmsford Chron. 18 Mar. 5/8: Mr Cullen replied to an interruption from Mr Cluff by saying, ‘You be hanged’.
[UK]Sporting Times 16 June 1/5: ‘That be hanged!’ yelled the rest of the party.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ In Bad Company 22: ‘Wages be hanged!’ retorted the disciple of Henry George and Bellamy.
[UK]M. Marshall Tramp-Royal on the Toby 83: Feet be hanged! Farmer be hanged!
[US]‘Digg Mee’ ‘Observation Post’ in N.Y. Age 11 Jan. 10/5: Work be hanged.
[Scot]Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 30 Jan.2/5: Following you, be hanged [...] I’ve been trying to pass you for hours.

In exclamations

go hang...!

1. a dismissive excl. euph.; thus tell someone to go hang!, go hang crepe on oneself!

[UK]Shakespeare Taming of the Shrew III ii: Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves.
[UK]Shakespeare Twelfth Night III iv: Go, hang yourselves all!
[UK]Jonson Bartholomew Fair Ii iii: Hang yourself, hackney-man.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Little French Lawyer III ii: Breed new dissentions, goe hang your selves, ’tis all one to me.
[UK]J. Shirley St Patrick for Ireland in Wardroper (1969) 103: Then if you admire no female elf / The halter may go hang itself.
[UK]F. Quarles Virgin Widow V i: And now Museus may goe hang himselfe.
[UK] ‘The Forsaken Maid’s Frolick’ in Ebsworth Roxburghe Ballads (1891) VII:2 381: The flattering fauning Elf, when he had got all my pelf, / And squand’red my goods, he left me i’ th’ sudds, / And bid me go hang myself.
[UK]‘L.B.’ New Academy of Complements 165: None of us car’d for Kate, / For she had a tongue with a tang, / Would cry to a Saylor go hang.
Mennis & Smith et al. ‘The Answer’ Wit and Drollery 24: Your Letter I receiv’d Bedect with flourishing quarters, Because you are deceiv’d, Goe hang you in your Garters.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 496: As for you, little envious prigs, snarling bastards [...] you will soon have railed your last: go hang yourselves.
[UK]London-Bawd (1705) Ch. ii: If I and such as I forsake your House, you may go Hang your selves.
[UK]Swift Polite Conversation 43: Well; go hang yourself in your own Garters; for I’m sure the Gallows groans for you.
[UK]Newcastle Courant 11 Aug. 4/3: Repent, and go hang thyself.
[UK]A. Shirrefs Jamie and Bess v: Ye snarlin’ Critics, spare your bang, / It’s nae for you I write my Sang, / Sae steek your gab, for ye’ll be wrang, / To think to tease me; / Ere I reply, ye’se a ga’e hang.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Sept. XIV 325/1: Go hang yourself, you terrible old cat!
[US]T.G. Fessenden ‘Canto II’ Poems 38: Now just take the bag, do you see, / Then go hang yourself with a bridle.
[UK]Pierce Egan’s Life in London 21 Aug. 238/1: ‘[Y]ou must go to prison.’ ‘Then you may go and hang yourself!’ screamed her Ladyship.
[UK]Vindicator (Belfast) 18 July 4/2: ‘Go hang!’ cried Bob.
[UK]Tom Cladpole’s Jurney to Lunnun 28: Wen money’s gone, ya may Goo taak a rup and hang yurself.
[UK]Shoreditch Obs. (London) 10 Dec. 3/5: So I calls out to him, ‘Go and hang yourself, you and your lucifer matches’.
[UK]London Standard 18 Mar. 4/6: Give up the pelf! And then — go out and hang thyself.
[US]C.G. Leland ‘Steinli von Slang’ Hans Breitmann in Church 135: May I lose my next bitter, / Und denn mit der Teufel go hang, / If id isn’t dat pully young Ritter, / De hell-drivin Steinli von Slang.
[UK]C. Hindley Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 261: Oh, you go and hang yourself, you So-and-so.
[Scot]R.L. Stevenson Treasure Island 161: You can go hang!
[UK] ‘’Arry on Arrius’ Punch 26 Dec. 303/1: Hit slick, give what for, and Compulsory Latin and Greek may go ’ang.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 6 Jan. 5/2: The Holy Joes [...] would let the Widows and orphans go hang before they would put their hands in their pockets.
[UK]Reading Mercury 18 Nov. 7/7: She responded with ‘Love may go hang’.
[UK]A. Binstead Mop Fair 69: Twee-est let ratin’ go hang.
[US]‘A-No. 1’ From Coast to Coast with Jack London 89: We felt quite inclined to let the train go hang while we issued forth from our box car to hunt provender.
[UK]J. Agate Gemel in London 57: When I write a novel it is about the core of things. The husk can go hang.
[US]J.F. Matheus Black Damp in Hatch & Hamalian Lost Plays of Harlem Renaissance (1996) Scene i: foots: Yo’ all mek me sick. big steve: Go hang crepe on yourself.
[US]A. Halper Foundry 290: Why don’t you go hang yourself!
[US]Fats Waller ‘Flat Foot Floogie’ 🎵 Whenever your cares are chronic, / Just tell the world, ‘go hang’.
[UK]Western Morn. News 6 July 2/7: [advt] Do you ver think to yourself, ‘Oh! Savings Stamps can go hang for this week?’.
[UK]Reading Mercury 4 Oct. 6/5: Atomic piles, invade their fundaments [...] Letting posterity perforce go hang.
Mail & Guardian On Line (Johannesburg) 12 Aug. 🌐 Mugabe said those upset by his duisputed landslide election victory could ‘go hang’.

2. of a plan, to collapse, to go wrong, to fail.

[UK] ‘The Westminster Whore’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 5: Wee poor whores may go hang in dispair, / Wee’re undone by the Maids of honour.

3. to allow to fail or die.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Oct. 16/1: In letting the weaklings of their flocks and herds go hang, because they have no feed [...], the man on the land is, perhaps, little to blame, but why not mercifully slaughter the done-with brutes.
hang it (all)!

a general excl. of frustration, annoyance.

[UK]Jonson Every Man In his Humour II i: A pox on it, hang it, let it go.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Scornful Lady I ii: Your brother’s house is big enough; and, to say truth, h’as too much land, – hang it, dirt!
[UK]Jonson Bartholomew Fair II iv: ’Twas but a little scurvy white money, hang it.
[UK]T. Killigrew Parson’s Wedding (1664) I iii: Hang it, never put good fellowes to say, prythee give me a hundred pounds.
[UK]J. Tatham Rump III i: ’Tis a hard word, hang’t.
[Ire]Head Nugae Venales 73: Hang it (says he) I don’t much care.
Protestant Joyners Ghost 2: But hang it, Rebellion is nothing till they be catch’d.
[UK]M. Pix Innocent Mistress III ii: Hang it, ’tis but one ridiculous thing, I’m resolved to do it.
[UK]Farquhar Sir Harry Wildair III ii: Oh! hang it.
[UK]Cibber Rival Fools V i: Hang it, ev’n forgive her all.
[Scot]J. Arbuthnot Hist. of John Bull 97: Hang it, for once I’ll trust my friends.
[UK]N. Amhurst Poems on Several Occasions 63: Well, hang it all, I’ll not repine.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c 308: I never saw a Woman whom I could like better than this, therefore, hang it, I’le e’en take her.
[UK]O. Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer Act II: I shall be confoundedly ridiculous. Yet, hang it! take courage.
[UK]H. Cowley Belle’s Stratagem III i: Well, hang it!
[UK]‘Peter Pindar’ ‘Epistle to a Falling Minister’ Works (1794) II 220: Yet, hang it!
[UK]F. Reynolds Fortune’s Fool IV ii: Hang it!—I’m sorry I said I saw her now.
[US]J. Neal Brother Jonathan III 145: Hang it all!
[US]J.K. Paulding Westward Ho! I 193: No, hang it! that’s too musty.
[UK]Thackeray Yellowplush Papers in Works III (1898) 260: Not know him! [...] why, hang it, Blewitt! he knows you.
[UK]D. Boucicault London Assurance in London Assurance and other Victorian Comedies Act I: But, stay, you must do the polite. Say farewell to him before you part. Hang it, don’t cut him.
[UK]M. Reid Scalp-Hunters I 305: Hang it, man! let’s see the shot.
[UK]Liverpool Dly Post 6 Dec. 7/2: ‘Hang it, man’ shouted a fellow in the gallery.
[UK]T. Hughes Tom Brown’s School-Days (1896) 127: ‘Hang it all!’ broke out East.
[US]J.R. Browne Adventures in Apache Country 182: Hang it all, she didn’t care a cuss about the mines.
[US]W.H. Thomes Slaver’s Adventures 48: Hang it, Mr. Robert, are you going to let this brute eat me alive, or grind my bones to a jelly as thick as lobscouse.
[UK]Besant & Rice Golden Butterfly III 91: Hang it all, Jack.
[UK]London Life 24 May 2/2: ‘Hang it, I didn’t think that he was engaged tonight’.
[Ire]C.J. Kickham Knocknagow 88: ‘Hang it,’ exclaimed the doctor, ‘what are ye laughing at?’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 25 June 9/1: We don’t expect either gospel truths, or grammatical correctness from the staff of the D.T., but, hang it all, they might learn to spell.
[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ Huckleberry Finn 120: Well, hang it all, you did dream it, because there didn’t any of it happen.
[UK]Isle of Wight Obs. 6 June 5/5: Can’t balance my book, hang it all!
[UK]A. Morrison Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 40: But—why, hang it, he’d have killed her.
[UK]M. Williams Round London 120: Hang it all, I think I ought to know a gentleman when I see one.
[UK]Marvel 22 May 4: Hang it all! Can’t you believe a chap?
[UK]H.G. Wells Hist. of Mr Polly (1946) 228: Was he feeble? Hang it! He’d known feebler people by far!
[UK]Marvel 5 Feb. 10: Hang it all, if he didn’t treat you as you deserve.
Malvern Standard (Vic.) 7 July 4/5: Hang it! Can’t think of ’is bally name.
[UK]‘Sax Rohmer’ Dope 18: ‘Hang it all!’ cried Gray irritably. ‘Why the devil don’t you look where you’re going!’.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 166: Everything gone wrong hang it all. Dash it Bertie you simply must come.
[UK]E. Mordaunt Mrs. Van Kleek (1949) 142: ‘Hang it all,’ he would have said, ‘ a chap’s got to laugh at something, stuck down in a jam of this sort.’.
[Aus]D. Stivens Tramp and Other Stories 121: But hang it—you know—there were others.
[UK]J. Symons Man Called Jones (1949) 88: I mean, hang it all, she was his ---.
[UK]P. Barnes Ruling Class I ix: Hang it all, whatever else you are, you’re still a Gurney.
hang me! (also hang me (up) high!)

a general excl.

[UK]Greene Notable Discovery of Coosnage in Grosart (1881–3) X 46: Ile verse him, or hang me.
[UK]Fletcher Mad Lover IV iii: Why hang me.
[UK]T. Killigrew Parson’s Wedding (1664) V ii: He heard me once praise my little spaniel bitch Smut for waiting, and hang me if I stirred for seven years after, but I found him lying at my door.
[UK]Wycherley Love in a Wood II i: Hang me if I am not pleas’d extreamly with this new fashioned catterwouling, this midnight coursing in the Park.
[UK]M. Stevenson Wits Paraphras’d 89: Hang me but every things so lucky, / As if the Doe did cry come Fuck me.
[UK]Congreve Old Bachelor V v: Hang me, if I pity you; you are right enough served.
[Scot]J. Arbuthnot Hist. of John Bull 126: Now hang me if I don’t think you are a parcel of perjur’d rascals.
[UK]Bailey (trans.) Erasmus’ Colloquies 451: Hang me, if I would not sooner marry my Daughter to a Horse, than to such a Knight as he.
[UK]Nancy Dawson’s Jests 41: With you I’ll toy, and kiss and play; / But hang me if I marry.
[Ire]K. O’Hara Midas I ii: Hang me if I marry.
[UK]Salisbury & Winchester Jrnl 8 June 3: Cousin John, hang me, but you beats us Lununers.
[UK]Lytton Paul Clifford I 76: Hang me if I know what to do!
[US]W.A. Caruthers Kentuckian in N.Y. I 25: Hang me if I didn’t always think the fellow was afraid to stand in the woods.
[US]A. Greene Glance at N.Y. I iii: Hang me if I know what to say!
[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 9 Dec. 46: But hang me if I don’t cut my stick; I doesn’t fancy being blowed up by yer all.
[UK]Lytton Money III i: I will lose as much as I please [...] and if he presume to spy on my losses, hang me if I don’t lose Sir John himself into the bargain!
[UK]Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: S’elp me squeeze !—send I may live !—hang me high up ! if it arn’t a Wild Street shickster.
[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 260: Hang me if I can give her up.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor (1968) III 137: I was tumbled down the steps among the mob, and hang me if they didn’t pitch into me too!
[UK]T. Taylor Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act I: Hang me if I haven’t often thought of turning respectable.
[US]W.H. Thomes Slaver’s Adventures 18: Money moves the world, and men’s hearts; and hang me if I don’t wish that I had as much of it as would sink one of Uncle Sam’s seventy-fours.
[UK]Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 8 May 7/3: Hang it all, you know! Ugh!
[US]Lippincott’s Oct. 447: Hang me if she isn’t always on the plain, or at a hop, with one of those twin kids!
[Aus]H. Nisbet Bushranger’s Sweetheart 201: Hang me if he ain’t a greedy coon; he’s taking them [i.e. girls] both with him.
[US]J. Hawthorne Confessions of Convict 133: Hang me, boy, if that lady didn’t bow.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 8 Dec. 4/7: Hang me if one of the mob don’t run around and return ’em [i.e. a pair of stolen boots] to the bloke.
[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 163: ‘But ’ang me!’ he says, ‘if I’ll stand gin and onions!’.
[UK]Marvel 1 Mar. 12: Hang me if you are worth your salt!
[UK]E. Raymond Tell England (1965) 53: Here, hang me, Radley [...] you want examining.
[UK]C. Harris Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 20: A bloody fine welcome to give anybody! God ’ang me –!
[UK]K. Sampson Killing Pool 189: The back window glides down and hang me if it isn’t Momo looking gradely serious.
I’ll be hanged! (also hanged! I’ll be hung, swung and clubbed! I’m hanged! )

a general excl. of surprise, annoyance or impatience; often abbr. to hanged!

[UK]Jonson Every Man In his Humour III iv: ’Sblood, I’ll be hanged if they have not hid him in the house.
[UK]Wily Beguiled 16: Ile be hangd, if ere mistresse Lelia will ha Peter Ploddall.
[UK]Dekker & Webster Northward Hoe III i: Ile be hangd if she do not dub him.
[UK]W. Haughton English-Men For My Money in Dodsley X (1875) V ii: I’ll be hanged if you lose that office.
[UK]R. Brome The City Wit III i: I’ll be hang’d if this Doctor be not of her smock Counsell.
[UK]Rowley A Match at Midnight IV i: If Iohn haue not told him, I’le be hang’d.
[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 1 7 June 4: I’ll be hanged if it be not a young Sparrow-Hawk.
[UK]New Brawle 9: [They] found such sweet entertainment, that as long as one penny was left, they’d be hang’d ere go to sea again.
[UK]Dryden Wild Gallant IV i: If ever man play’d with such cursed fortune, I’ll be hanged, and all for want of this damned ace – there’s your ten pieces, with a pox to you, for a rooking beggarly rascal as you are.
[UK] ‘The Batchelor’s Ballad’ in Ebsworth Roxburghe Ballads (1891) VII:2 335: If he tells you his mind, I’le be hang’d if you find / Him so zealous a lover.
[UK]Behn The Lucky Chance IV i: So, I’ll be hanged if he do not tell me I’m a cuckold now. I see it in his eyes.
[UK]Female Wits II i: I’ll be hanged if it don’t bring a swingeing audience on the third day.
[UK]N. Ward The Rambling Fuddle-Caps 14: I’ll be hang’d if ’twill do the old Toast any hurt.
[UK]J. Addison The Drummer II i: I’ll be hanged if this ghost be not one of Abigail’s familiars.
[UK]S. Centlivre Artifice Act III: Now will I be hang’d if here isn’t a Pack of Strollers got into my House.
[UK]Proceedings Old Bailey 5 July 169/2: I happen’d to go to Holder’s Cellar, and there I heard talk of this Robbery; and says I’ll be hang’d if these were not the 2 Men that I thought were going to fight.
[UK]Smollett Roderick Random (1979) 36: The window was shut when we went to bed, I’ll be hanged, said she.
[UK]W. Toldervy Hist. of the Two Orphans II 151: I’ll be hang’d said farmer Trout, if this good song was not made on a profligate gentleman.
[UK]Foote The Lyar in Works (1799) I 283: I’ll be hanged if he is not too many for Monsieur Maubert.
[UK]Sheridan The Rivals (1776) V i: You have been crying! – I’ll be hanged, if that Faulkland has been tormenting you!
The New London Jester 109: I’ll be hanged if this bird has not swallowed the key of the cellar.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Dec. V 160/1: ‘If you [defend yourself in court], you will be hanged.’ The reply was instantaneous -- ‘I’ll be hanged if I do.’.
[UK]G. Colman Yngr John Bull II ii: I’ll be hanged if I didn’t cry like a child.
[UK]I. Pocock John of Paris I i: I’ll be hanged if I know.
[UK]‘Bill Truck’ Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 226: May I be hanged, lads [...] but this fairly beats cock-fighting.
[UK]I. Pocock The Omnibus I i: If this isn’t another of that fellow’s precautions, I’ll be hanged!
[UK]The Comic Almanack Nov. 244: ‘Isn’t he a nice young man?’ ‘I’m hanged if he ain’t,’ says Tug.
[UK]Thackeray The Newcomes I 63: I’ll vote with him – hanged if I don’t.
[UK]T. Hughes Tom Brown’s School-Days (1896) 113: I’ll be hanged if we’ll toss any one against their will – no more bullying.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Ask Mamma 310: Open air be hanged!
[UK]T. Hughes Tom Brown at Oxford (1880) 103: I’ll be hanged if I do. [Ibid.] 64: Can a fellow sing with a broken neck? [...] hanged if I know!
[US]C.H. Smith Bill Arp 49: Hanged if I know whether I’ve got my commission or my commission has me.
[US]W.H. Thomes A Slaver’s Adventures 47: ‘Run,’ I said, or you will be trampled to death in an instant.’ ‘Run be hanged,’ replied Murphy; ‘It’s going to drop dead in a minute.’.
[Ind]‘Aliph Cheem’ Lays of Ind (1905) 51: ‘But I’m hanged if I don’t think he’s cracked’.
[US]New Bloomfield PA Times (PA) 5 June 1/4: ‘Hanged if I won’t have to charge you extra,’ growled the clerk.
[UK]Punch 10 Jan. 6: [...] I’ll be hanged if you shall ever measure me for another pair of bags!
[US]R. Hartranft The Journal of Solomon Sidesplitter 127: I’ll be hanged if I can tell!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 11 Apr. 10/1: Ah, what a Belshazzar burst we should launch out upon then! What suppers, where the wit should sparkle and the whisky flow, and the expense be hanged, we would give in those days!
[UK]G.M. Fenn Sappers and Miners 20: Well, I’ll be hanged!
[UK]Binstead & Wells A Pink ’un and a Pelican 149: We must get a bit today, Bob [...] though where to look for it I’m hanged if I know!
[US]Flynt & Walton The Powers That Prey 252: Well, I’ll be hanged!
[UK]The Marvel XIV 3 July 347: No, I’ll be hanged if I do!
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 100: Hanged if I didn’t fancy you were getting spiffed.
[UK]Chums 26 June 914: ‘Well, I’ll be hanged,’ growled the robber.
[UK]The Marvel 9 Aug. 7: Hanged if I ever had such a jolly evening!
[UK]C. Holme The Lonely Plough (1931) 159: But I’m hanged if she’s got my face! Deuced plain, I call her.
[UK]The Marvel 10 April 18: ‘It – it slipped,’ faltered Dick. ‘Slipped be hanged!’.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 144: I’m hanged if I can see Harold catching the judge’s eye.
[UK]Wodehouse Carry on, Jeeves 97: I won’t do it! I can’t do it! I’ll be hanged if I’ll do it!
[Aus](con. 1830s–60s) ‘Miles Franklin’ All That Swagger 194: ‘Was he drunk?’ ‘Hanged if I know.’.
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 114: Well I’m hanged. How long’s this been going on?
[US]O. Strange Sudden Takes the Trail 104: Hanged if I thought you had it in you.
[UK]Whizzbang Comics 58: But I’m hanged if I see what a ghost has got to do with Lew Wannagan.
[US]A. Kapelner Lonely Boy Blues (1965) 54: Well, I’ll be hung, swung and clubbed! That darlingest creature at the bar is the driver of that cunningest jeep!
[US]Schindler in Hamilton Men of the Und. 51: I’ll be hanged if he didn’t.