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 Hang by a Thread (To).Hanged or Strangled. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hang in the Bell Ropes (To).
 
To be asked at church, and then defer the marriage so that the bells hang fire.   1
 


 Hang by a Thread (To).Hanged or Strangled. 

 
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