1. A woman's purse on a strap, easily severed and stolen. 2. Anything very easy of accomplishment. "Get the rods (revolvers) out. I got a trick (robbery) set up for us that's a hanger." 3. A brief or not too unpleasant prison term. "This bit (sentence) will be a hanger is that barnacle (girl) of mine kicks with a buck (sends me a few dollars) regular."

- american underworld dictionary - 1950