- to exhibit (a painting or group of paintings): The gallery hung his paintings in a small corner.
- to put the paintings of (an art exhibition) on the wall of a gallery: They hung the show that morning.
- to be exhibited: His works hang in most major museums.
- to have one's works on display: Rembrandt hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- loss of way due to adverse wind or current.
- a rake, as of a mast.
- to spend time in a certain place or in certain company: He hangs around with an older crowd.
- to linger about; loiter: They had stopped working and were just hanging around to talk.
- to be reluctant to proceed or move forward: The older pupils went straight to the podium, but the younger ones hung back out of shyness.
- to refrain from taking action; hesitate: A forward pass would have been the best call, but the quarterback hung back because his last pass had been intercepted.
- to hold fast; cling to.
- to continue with effort; persevere: If you can hang on for a month longer, you will be eligible for the bonus.
- to be sustained to the point of danger, tedium, etc.: coughs that hang on for months.
- to keep a telephone line open: Hang on, I'll see if she's here.
- to wait briefly; keep calm.
- to lean or be suspended through an opening.
- Informal. to frequent a particular place, especially in idling away one's free time: to hang out in a bar.
- Informal. to loiter in public places: nothing to do on Saturday night but hang out.
- Informal. to consort or appear in public with: Who's she been hanging out with?
- Slang. to calm down: Hang out, Mom, I'm OK.
- to wait, especially briefly: Hang out a minute while I get my backpack.
- to suspend in open view; display: to hang out the flag.
- to remain to be settled; be postponed: They will probably let the final decision hang over until next year.
- to be imminent or foreboding; threaten: Economic ruin hangs over the town.
- to suspend by placing on a hook, peg, or hanger.
- to cause or encounter delay; suspend or slow the progress of: The accident hung up the traffic for several hours.
- to break a telephone connection by replacing the receiver on the hook: She received an anonymous call, but the party hung up when she threatened to call the police.
- to cause a hang-up or hang-ups in: The experience hung her up for years.
Idioms about hang
- to hit: He hung one on the bully and knocked him down.
- to become extremely drunk: Every payday he hangs one on.
- to be loyal to one another; remain united: “We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
- to cohere: This pancake batter doesn't hang together.
- to be logical or consistent: His version of the story does not hang together.
- to be completely candid in expressing one's feelings, opinions, etc.: She's never been one to let it all hang out.
- to act or live without restraint or inhibitions.
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If you follow the six simple principles he shares below, you might be surprised at how much you can advance without ever touching a hang board.
The seat height is adjustable, and the integrated footbrake gets them used to skidding out and making quick stops even before they get the hang of peddling.
Whether you’re on an adventurous hiking trip or enjoying a low-key hang with the family, first aid kits are a key accessory for taking care of unexpected accidents.The best first aid kits for staying safe and prepared|PopSci Commerce Team|September 4, 2020|Popular-Science
These were strikingly similar to da Vinci’s batlike ornithopters, which tried harder than his hang glider did to mimic the shape and anatomy of natural wings.
Once the algorithm got the hang of telling confirmed planets from false positives, the scientists fed it data containing as yet unconfirmed planetary candidates.50 new planets, including one as big as Neptune, are identified using A.I.|rhhackettfortune|August 26, 2020|Fortune
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was getting to create jokes at the source, and to get to hang out with comedians.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I think 2014 was my big rock and roll year, and 2015 is gonna be a really good year to hang around the house.
She was gonna be in New York and wanted to hang around for New Years and hopefully be able to stay long enough to meet our baby.
Occasionally Hitchcock would have ideas for films, or chunks of films, but no real story to hang them on.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It'll be beastly dull for her at The Warren, you see, poor girl; and she doesn't seem to jump at Spunyarn, though he does hang on.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Perhaps you will understand now that you ought to have asked my business ere you proposed to hang me off hand.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
These form one of the many island groups that hang like a fringe or festoon on the skirt of the continent of Asia.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
The chair rests upon two long poles, which hang by straps upon the shoulders of four stout men.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
He fed the monkeys with candy, and laughed to see them hang by their tails while they took it from his hand.
British Dictionary definitions for hang
- to be delayed
- to procrastinateSee also fire (def. 16)
- to understand the technique of doing something
- to perceive the meaning or significance of