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[hang-out] /ˈhæŋˌaʊt/
noun, Informal.
a place where a person frequently visits, especially for socializing or recreation.
Origin of hangout
1850-55, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hang out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He suspected Knobs of holding an interest in the Novelty Company, in truth suspected that floor of being his hangout.

    The Firebug Roy J. Snell
  • "This must have been Dangler's hangout," was Dick's comment.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • He felt that revealing the general area of his hangout was not giving away too much of his secret.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • These fellows may not have any force at their hangout to speak of.

  • They saw that it was a hangout that had been used for some time.

    The Putnam Hall Rebellion Arthur M. Winfield
Slang definitions & phrases for hangout

hangout 1


  1. A place for loitering, loafing, and passing time, esp with congenial companions: a grad student hangout on Mirandola Lane/ a gay hangout (1893+)
  2. One's home; digs (1920s+)

hangout 2


Complete disclosure; total openness: a ''modified limited hang-out,'' meaning a response that would satisfy Watergate investigators while disclosing as little as possible (1960s+)

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go the hang-out road

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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