Idioms

Origin of hang

before 900; fusion of 3 verbs: (1) Middle English, Old English hōn to hang (transitive), cognate with Gothic hāhan, orig. *haghan; (2) Middle English hang(i)en, Old English hangian to hang (intransitive), cognate with German hangen; (3) Middle English henge < Old Norse hengja (transitive), cognate with German hängen to hang

Related forms

Can be confused

hang lynch (see synonym study at the current entry)hanged hung (see usage note at the current entry)

Synonym study

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. 26. depend, rely, rest, hinge.

Usage note

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: 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for hang out (1 of 2)

hang out

verb (adverb)

to suspend, be suspended, or lean, esp from an opening, as for display or airingto hang out the washing
(intr) informal to live at or frequent a placethe police know where the thieves hang out
(intr foll by with) informal to frequent the company (of someone)
slang to relax completely in an unassuming way (esp in the phrase let it all hang out)
(intr) US informal to act or speak freely, in an open, cooperative, or indiscreet manner

noun hang-out

informal a place where one lives or that one frequently visits

British Dictionary definitions for hang out (2 of 2)

hang

/ (hæŋ) /

verb hangs, hanging or hung (hʌŋ)


noun

Word Origin for hang

Old English hangian; related to Old Norse hanga, Old High German hangēn
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Idioms and Phrases with hang out

hang out

1

Protrude downward, as in The dog's tongue was hanging out, or The branches hung out over the driveway. [c. 1400]


2

Display a flag or sign of some kind, as in They hung out the flag on every holiday. [Mid-1500s]

3

Reside, live, as in I've found a place downtown, and I'll be hanging out there beginning next week. [c. 1800]

4

Spend one's free time in; also, loiter, pass time idly. For example, They hung out around the pool parlor, or They spent the evening just hanging out. [Slang; mid-1900s]

5

hang out with. Keep company with, appear in public with, as in She's hanging out with her ex-boyfriend again. [Slang; second half of 1900s] Also see the subsequent idioms beginning with hang out; let it all hang out.

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