hang

hang
hang1 W2S1 [hæŋ] v past tense and past participle hung [hʌŋ]
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1¦(top part fastened)¦
2¦(picture etc)¦
3¦(kill/be killed)¦
4¦(paper)¦
5¦(door)¦
6¦(mist/smoke/smell)¦
7 hang open
8 hang in the balance
9 hang by a thread
10 hang (on) in there
11 hang your head
12 hang fire
13 leave something hanging in the air
14 hang a right/left
15
16 I'll be hanged if
17 hang it (all)
18 hang something
Phrasal verbs
 hang about
 hang about with somebody
 hang around/round (something)
 hang around with somebody
 hang back
 hang on
 hang on to something
 hang out
 hang over something/somebody
 hang together
 hang up
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1.) ¦(TOP PART FASTENED)¦
a) also hang up [T always + adverb/preposition]
to put something in a position so that the top part is fixed or supported, and the bottom part is free to move and does not touch the ground
Philip hung his coat on a hook behind the door.
She hung the sheets on the washing line.
b) [I always + adverb/preposition]
to be in a position where the top part is fixed or supported, and the bottom part is free to move and does not touch the ground
An old-fashioned gas lamp hung from the ceiling.
Her long hair hung loose about her shoulders.
The shirt hung down almost to his ankles.
2.) ¦(PICTURE ETC)¦
a) [T]
to fix a picture, photograph etc to a wall
I wanted to hang the picture in the hall, by the front door.
b) [I always + adverb/preposition]
if a picture, photograph etc is hanging somewhere, it is fixed to a wall
There was a large family photograph hanging on the wall.
c) be hung with sth
if the walls of a room are hung with pictures or decorations, the pictures etc are on the walls
The entrance hall was hung with rich tapestries.
3.) ¦(KILL/BE KILLED)¦
past tense and past participle hanged [I and T]
to kill someone by dropping them with a rope around their neck, or to die in this way, especially as a punishment for a serious crime
be hanged for sth
He was hanged for murder.
hang yourself
Corey hanged himself in his prison cell.
If he is found guilty, he will almost certainly hang.
4.) ¦(PAPER)¦ [T]
to fasten attractive paper to a wall in order to decorate a room
We spent the afternoon hanging wallpaper .
5.) ¦(DOOR)¦ [T]
to fasten a door in position
Hanging a door is quite a tricky job.
6.) ¦(MIST/SMOKE/SMELL)¦ [I + adverb/preposition]
if something such as smoke hangs in the air, it stays in the air for a long time
The smoke from the bonfires hung in the air.
A thick mist hung over the town.
7.) hang open
if a door, someone's mouth etc hangs open, it is open
8.) hang in the balance
if something hangs in the balance, it is not certain what will happen to it
The future of the company hangs in the balance.
9.) hang by a thread
if something is hanging by a thread, it is in a very dangerous situation and may not continue
He is still in hospital, his life hanging by a thread.
10.) hang (on) in there also hang tough
spoken especially AmE to remain brave and determined when you are in a difficult situation
Don't worry. Just hang on in there.
11.) hang your head
to look ashamed and embarrassed
She hung her head, not sure how to reply.
Daphne had hung her head in shame .
12.) hang fire
to wait for a short while before you do something
I think we should hang fire for a week.
13.) leave sth hanging in the air
to leave something in a situation where it has not been explained, completed, or dealt with
His resignation has left some important questions hanging in the air.
14.) hang a right/left
AmE spoken to turn right or left when driving
Go straight on for two blocks, then hang a left.
15.) [i]AmE spoken to spend time somewhere, relaxing and enjoying yourself
hang with
We were just hanging with the dudes at Mike's house.
16.) I'll be hanged if
BrE old-fashioned used to express annoyance or to say that you will not allow something to happen
I'll be hanged if I'll give them any money!
17.) hang it (all)
BrE old-fashioned used to say that you are disappointed or annoyed about something
18.) hang sth
BrE old-fashioned used to say that you are not going to do something
Oh hang the report, let's go for a drink.
hang about phr v
1.) spoken to move slowly or take too long doing something
Come on, we haven't got time to hang about!
2.) hang about (sth)
to spend time somewhere without any real purpose
There were always groups of boys hanging about in the square.
He normally hung about the house all day.
3.) hang about!
spoken
a) used to ask someone to wait or stop what they are doing
b) used when you have just noticed or thought of something that is interesting or wrong
Hang about - that can't be right.
hang about with [hang about with sb] phr v
to spend a lot of time with someone
hang around/round () [hang around/round (sth)] phr v
to wait or spend time somewhere, doing nothing
I hung around the station for an hour but he never came.
hang around with [hang around with sb] phr v
to spend a lot of time with someone
The people I used to hang around with were much older than me.
hang back phr v
1.) to stay a short distance away from someone or something, and not go too near them
Instinctively he hung back in the shelter of a rock.
2.) to not say or do something because you are shy or afraid
hang on phr v
1.) to hold something tightly
hang on to
She hung on to the side of the cart as it rattled over the stones.
Hang on tight!
2.) hang on!
BrE spoken
a) used to ask or tell someone to wait
= ↑hold on
Hang on! I'll be back in a minute.
b) used when you have just noticed or thought of something that is interesting or wrong
3.) hang on sth
to depend on something
Everything hangs on the outcome of this meeting.
4.) hang on sb's words/every word
to pay close attention to everything someone is saying
She was watching his face, hanging on his every word.
hang on to [hang on to sth] phr v
to keep something
I think I'll hang on to the documents for a bit longer.
hang out phr v
1.) informal to spend a lot of time in a particular place or with particular people
hang out with
I don't really know who she hangs out with.
Where do the youngsters hang out?
→↑hangout
2.) hang sth<=>out
to hang clothes outside in order to dry them
My job was to hang out the washing.
Hang the wet things out to dry .
3.) let it all hang out informal
to relax and do what you like
hang over / [hang over sth/sb] phr v
if something bad is hanging over you, you are worried or anxious about it
The threat of redundancy was still hanging over us.
It's not very nice to have huge debts hanging over your head .
hang together phr v
1.) if a plan, story, set of ideas etc hangs together, it is well organized and its different parts go well together
Her story just doesn't hang together.
2.) if people hang together, they help each other
hang up phr v
1.) to finish a telephone conversation
I said goodbye and hung up.
hang up on
Don't hang up on me - I need to talk to you.
2.) hang sth<=>up
to hang clothes on a hook etc
She took her coat off and hung it up.
3.) hang up your hat/football boots/briefcase etc informal
to stop doing a particular kind of work
→↑hang-up, hung-up
hang 2
hang2 n
get the hang of sth informal
to learn how to do something or use something
It seems difficult at first, but you'll soon get the hang of it.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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