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[hang-uhp] /ˈhæŋˌʌp/
noun, Slang.
a preoccupation, fixation, or psychological block; complex:
His hang-up is trying to outdo his brother.
a source of annoying difficulty or burden; impediment; snag:
The most serious hang-up the project has is a shortage of funds.
a fixture, object, or decoration that can be affixed to a wall, ceiling, other objects, etc.:
He brightened up the room with flower baskets and other hang-ups.
Origin of hang-up
First recorded in 1955-60; noun use of verb phrase hang up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  1. A mental block; a psychological disturbance, fixation, or problem: ribald anecdotes concerning his hang-up on strong women
  2. Anything encumbering, frustrating, distressing, etc; an impediment: You couldn't carry around an amplifier and electric guitar and expect to survive, it was just too much of a hang-up/ The only hang-up we can see right now is that business of paying the doctors (1959+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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