Definition of you may or might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb in English:
proverb If the penalty for two offences is the same, you might as well commit the more serious one, especially if it brings more benefit.
- Any blurring of this labelling might encourage offenders to reason that they might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb, inducing them to commit significantly more harm because it might appear to involve no greater condemnation.
- They often said to one another that no person could find them out, no one being present at the murders but themselves two and that they might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.
- It got to the point where I started to think, ‘Well, I might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb.’
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