In this case, it took Jovovich “calling him back and really begging him not to hang up on me,” for De Niro to get what he needed.
They can dodge or prevaricate or just hang up when dealing with a voice on the phone.
Without saying anything—she makes a slight face—she pushes the button to hang up the line.
As for whether Hannah will hang up her handcuffs, Piper was noncommittal about the future of Secret Diary.
In both cases, when someone answered he was to blow three times into the mouthpiece, and then hang up.
Jack went flyin' ter de marster hollerin', 'please sur marster, hang up some mo' stars, I done run by dem seben'.
The boys did not hesitate to hang up a proclamation of their own in its stead.
We then set to work to skin them, and to hang up the skins on the frames we had prepared.
You need not hang up the ivy-branch over the wine that will sell.
Easy for you to go and hang up your hat behind the door of as nice a bit of property as I ever saw.
verbal phrase, c.1300; telephone sense by 1911. Noun hang-up "psychological fixation" is first attested 1959, from notion of being suspended in one place.
a fusion of Old English hon "suspend" (transitive, class VII strong verb; past tense heng, past participle hangen), and Old English hangian (weak, intransitive, past tense hangode) "be suspended;" also probably influenced by Old Norse hengja "suspend," and hanga "be suspended." All from Proto-Germanic *khang- (cf. Old Frisian hangia, Dutch hangen, German hängen), from PIE *kank- "to hang" (cf. Gothic hahan, Hittite gang- "to hang," Sanskrit sankate "wavers," Latin cunctari "to delay;" see also second element in Stonehenge). As a method of execution, in late Old English (but originally specifically of crucifixion).
Hung emerged as past participle 16c. in northern England dialect, and hanged endured only in legal language (which tends to be conservative) and metaphors extended from it (I'll be hanged). Teen slang sense of "spend time" first recorded 1951; hang around "idle, loiter" is from 1830, and hang out (v.) is from 1811. Hang fire (1781) was originally used of guns that were slow in communicating the fire through the vent to the charge. To let it all hang out "be relaxed and uninhibited" is from 1967.
late 15c., "a sling," from hang (v.). Meaning "a curtain" is from c.1500; that of "the way cloth hangs" is from 1797. To get the hang of (something) "become capable" is from 1834, American English. Perhaps originally in reference to a certain tool or feat, but, if so, its origin has been forgotten. It doesn't seem to have been originally associated with drapery or any other special use of hang.
'To get the hang of a thing,' is to get the knack, or habitual facility of doing it well. A low expression frequently heard among us. In the Craven Dialect of England is the word hank, a habit; from which this word hang may perhaps be derived. [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," New York, 1848]
To become fixated: Why did you get hung up on Proust, anyhow? (1960s+)