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1 hang /ˈhæŋ/ verb
hangs; hung /ˈhʌŋ/ or in sense 3 hanged; hanging
1 hang
/ˈhæŋ/
verb
hangs; hung /ˈhʌŋ/ or in sense 3 hanged; hanging
Learner's definition of HANG
: to attach or place something so that it is held up without support from below
[+ object]
[no object]
see also hang up 2 (below)
[+ object] : to decorate (a surface) by hanging something (such as a picture) on it usually used as (be) hung
[+ object] : to put (wallpaper) on a wall
[no object] : to be in a lowered position
past tense and past participle usually hanged
: to kill (someone) by using a rope that goes around the neck and holds the person's body in the air without any support from below
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] old-fashioned used to express surprise, anger, etc.
[no object] : to float over a place or object for a long time
[no object] used to say that a decision has not yet been made see also hung jury, hung parliament
[no object] US, informal : to be or stay somewhere for a period of time without doing much
[+ object] chiefly US, informal : to make (a turn) especially while driving
[no object] baseball, of a pitch : to fail to curve in the desired way

a peg to hang something on

see 1peg

hang around

[phrasal verb] informal or British hang about/round
hang around/about/round or hang around/about/round (a place) : to be or stay in a place for a period of time without doing much
hang around/about/round with (someone) : to spend time relaxing, talking, or doing things with (someone)

hang back

[phrasal verb]
: to be or stay behind others
: to be unwilling to do something because of nervousness, fear, etc.

hang by a thread

: to be in a very dangerous situation or state : to be very close to death, failure, etc.

hang fire

chiefly British
: to be delayed

hang in

[phrasal verb]
chiefly US, informal : to keep working or trying in a difficult situation
often used in the phrase hang in there
hang in the air : to be incomplete or uncertain

hang loose

see 1loose

hang on

[phrasal verb]
: to keep happening or continuing
: to wait or stop briefly
hang on or hang on (to) (someone or something) : to hold or grip someone or something tightly
hang on to (something) : to keep (something)
hang on (something) : to be determined or decided by (something) : to depend on (something)
hang (something) on (something) : to base (a story, theory, etc.) on (something)
hang on someone's every word : to listen very carefully or closely to (someone)

hang out

[phrasal verb]
informal : to be or stay somewhere for a period of time without doing much
see also hangout
hang out with (someone) informal : to spend time relaxing, talking, or doing something with (someone) : to hang around with (someone)
hang (something) out or hang out (something) : to hang (something wet) outside to dry
hang (someone or something) out to dry informal : to leave (someone or something) in a helpless or unprotected state

hang out your shingle

see 1shingle

hang over

[phrasal verb]
hang over (someone)
: to be a threat or danger to (someone) : to cause (someone) to feel worried or guilty
see also hangover

hang tight

US, informal
: to wait before doing anything

hang together

informal
: to stay with someone
: to work in a logical and effective way

hang tough

chiefly US, informal
: to keep working or trying to succeed in a difficult situation

hang up

[phrasal verb]
hang up or hang up (something) or hang (something) up : to end a telephone connection by putting the handset on its base or by turning the telephone off
often + on
hang (something) up or hang up (something) : to put (something) on a hook or hanger see also 1hang 1a (above)
hang up (something) informal : to stop doing (something) : to finish using (something) for the last time used figuratively
hang it up US, informal : to stop doing something
see also hung up

hang with

[phrasal verb]
hang with (someone) US, informal
: to spend time with (someone)
: to stay close to (someone) : to keep up with (someone)

hang your hat

see hat

hang your head

: to have your head turned downward because of shame or embarrassment

let it all hang out

see 1let

thereby hangs a tale

used to suggest that there is a story about something that has just been mentioned
2 hang /ˈhæŋ/ noun
2 hang
/ˈhæŋ/
noun
Learner's definition of HANG
[singular]
: the way in which something hangs

get the hang of

informal
: to learn the skills that are needed to do (something)

give a hang

informal
: to be concerned or worried about something usually used in negative statements
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