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English definition of “you might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb”

you might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb

UK saying
said to mean that because the punishment for a bad action and an even worse one will be the same, you have no reason not to do the worse onePunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of you might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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