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Difference between Fit to be hung and Fit to kill

fit to be hungsaid of a person deserving the worst punishment:

  • They regarded the Socialists as cowardly deserters or rascally mutineers, fit to be hung.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase fit to be tied—(coll.) used of smb. roused to great anger or indignation:

  • I was fit to be tied when I realized what you had done. One of your producers was kind enough to call me and apologize.

fit to kill—(coll.) said of smb. wearing very fancy clothes (usually in the phrase “dressed up fit to kill”):

  • She looked fit to kill in the burgundy dress that perfectly complimented her glossy black hair.