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string sb up

informal
verb [T] uk phrasal verb with string   /strɪŋ/ (strung, strung) us  
to kill someone by hanging them by the neck from a rope, usually as a punishment for a crime: He reckons they're too soft on mass murderers and says they ought to be strung up. to punish someone severely: He ought to be strung up for what he said about his mother.
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