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Idioms for hang

Origin of hang

First recorded before 900; fusion of 3 verbs: (1) Middle English hon, Old English hōn “to hang” (transitive), cognate with Gothic hāhan; (2) Middle English hang(i)en, Old English hangian “to hang” (intransitive), cognate with German hangen (intransitive); (3) Middle English henge (transitive), from Old Norse hengja (transitive), cognate with German hängen “to hang” (transitive)

synonym study for hang

4. Hang, lynch have in common the meaning of “to put to death,” but lynching is not always by hanging. Hang, in the sense of execute, is in accordance with a legal sentence, the method of execution being to suspend by the neck until dead. To lynch, however, implies the summary putting to death, by any method, of someone charged with a flagrant offense (though guilt may not have been proved). Lynching is done by private persons, usually a mob, without legal authority. 27. depend, rely, rest, hinge.

usage note for hang

Hang has two forms for the past tense and past participle, hanged and hung. The historically older form hanged is now used exclusively in the sense of causing or putting to death: His friends were hanged by a lynch mob. He was sentenced to be hanged by the neck until dead. In the sense of legal execution, hung is also quite common and is standard in all types of speech and writing except in legal documents. When legal execution is not meant, hung has become the more frequent form: The prisoner hung himself in his cell.

OTHER WORDS FROM hang

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hang

1. hang , lynch (see synonym study at the current entry)2. hanged , hung (see usage note at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for hang

hang
/ (hæŋ) /

verb hangs, hanging or hung (hʌŋ)

noun

See also hang about, hang back, hang behind, hang in, hang on, hang out, hang together, hang up, hang with

Word Origin for hang

Old English hangian; related to Old Norse hanga, Old High German hangēn
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