paper-hanger

paper-hanger
   1. American
   a policeman punishing a motorist for speeding
   Referring to the ticket which may be handed out on such occasions. With similar punning humour, the officer may be described as doing his paperwork.
   2. a person who passes false negotiable instruments
   Usually of cheques which have been stolen or are not covered by deposits:
    I've been stung too many times by the summer people. Paperhangers, I call them. (Theroux, 1974 — an innkeeper was bemoaning his losses from cashing cheques for holidaymakers)
   See also hang paper.

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