Idioms

    hang a left/right, Slang. to make a left (or right) turn, as while driving an automobile: Hang a right at the next corner.
    hang five, to ride a surfboard with the weight of the body forward and the toes of the forward foot curled over the front edge of the surfboard.
    hang in the balance, to be in a precarious state or condition: The wounded man's life hung in the balance.
    hang it up, Informal. to quit, resign, give up, etc.: The chief engineer is hanging it up after 40 years with the company.
    hang loose, Slang. to remain relaxed or calm: Try to hang loose and don't let it bother you.
    hang one on, Slang.
    1. to hit: He hung one on the bully and knocked him down.
    2. to become extremely drunk: Every payday he hangs one on.
    hang one's head. head(def 66).
    hang ten, to ride a surfboard with the weight of the body as far forward as possible and the toes of both feet curled over the front edge of the surfboard.
    hang together,
    1. to be loyal to one another; remain united: “We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
    2. to cohere: This pancake batter doesn't hang together.
    3. to be logical or consistent: His version of the story does not hang together.
    hang tough, Slang. to remain unyielding, stubborn, or inflexible: He's hanging tough and won't change his mind.
    let it all hang out, Slang.
    1. to be completely candid in expressing one's feelings, opinions, etc.: She's never been one to let it all hang out.
    2. to act or live without restraint or inhibitions.

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 formshang·a·ble, adjectivehang·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·hang, verb (used with object), re·hung or re·hanged, re·hang·ing.un·der·hang, verb, un·der·hung, un·der·hang·ing.un·hanged, adjective
Can be confusedhang 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 together

hang together

verb (intr, adverb)

to be cohesive or united
to be consistentyour statements don't quite hang together

hang

verb hangs, hanging or hung (hʌŋ)

to fasten or be fastened from above, esp by a cord, chain, etc; suspendthe picture hung on the wall; to hang laundry
to place or be placed in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement around or at the place of suspensionto hang a door
(intr sometimes foll by over) to be suspended or poised; hovera pall of smoke hung over the city
(intr sometimes foll by over) to be imminent; threaten
(intr) to be or remain doubtful or unresolved (esp in the phrase hang in the balance)
(past tense and past participle hanged) to suspend or be suspended by the neck until dead
(tr) to fasten, fix, or attach in position or at an appropriate angleto hang a scythe to its handle
(tr) to decorate, furnish, or cover with something suspended or fastenedto hang a wall with tapestry
(tr) to fasten to or suspend from a wallto hang wallpaper
to exhibit (a picture or pictures) by (a particular painter, printmaker, etc) or (of a picture or a painter, etc) to be exhibited in an art gallery, etc
to fall or droop or allow to fall or droopto hang one's head in shame
(of cloth, clothing, etc) to drape, fall, or flow, esp in a specified mannerher skirt hangs well
(tr) to suspend (game such as pheasant) so that it becomes slightly decomposed and therefore more tender and tasty
(of a jury) to prevent or be prevented from reaching a verdict
(past tense and past participle hanged) slang to damn or be damned: used in mild curses or interjectionsI'll be hanged before I'll go out in that storm
(intr) to pass slowly (esp in the phrase time hangs heavily)
hang fire
  1. to be delayed
  2. to procrastinateSee also fire (def. 16)
hang tough See tough (def. 10)

noun

the way in which something hangs
(usually used with a negative) slang a damnI don't care a hang for what you say
get the hang of informal
  1. to understand the technique of doing something
  2. to perceive the meaning or significance of

Word Origin for hang

Old English hangian; related to Old Norse hanga, Old High German hangēn
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Word Origin and History for hang together

hang

v.

a fusion of Old English hon "suspend" (transitive, class VII strong verb; past tense heng, past participle hangen), and Old English hangian (weak, intransitive, past tense hangode) "be suspended;" also probably influenced by Old Norse hengja "suspend," and hanga "be suspended." All from Proto-Germanic *khang- (cf. Old Frisian hangia, Dutch hangen, German hängen), from PIE *kank- "to hang" (cf. Gothic hahan, Hittite gang- "to hang," Sanskrit sankate "wavers," Latin cunctari "to delay;" see also second element in Stonehenge). As a method of execution, in late Old English (but originally specifically of crucifixion).

Hung emerged as past participle 16c. in northern England dialect, and hanged endured only in legal language (which tends to be conservative) and metaphors extended from it (I'll be hanged). Teen slang sense of "spend time" first recorded 1951; hang around "idle, loiter" is from 1830, and hang out (v.) is from 1811. Hang fire (1781) was originally used of guns that were slow in communicating the fire through the vent to the charge. To let it all hang out "be relaxed and uninhibited" is from 1967.

hang

n.

late 15c., "a sling," from hang (v.). Meaning "a curtain" is from c.1500; that of "the way cloth hangs" is from 1797. To get the hang of (something) "become capable" is from 1834, American English. Perhaps originally in reference to a certain tool or feat, but, if so, its origin has been forgotten. It doesn't seem to have been originally associated with drapery or any other special use of hang.

'To get the hang of a thing,' is to get the knack, or habitual facility of doing it well. A low expression frequently heard among us. In the Craven Dialect of England is the word hank, a habit; from which this word hang may perhaps be derived. [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," New York, 1848]
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Idioms and Phrases with hang together

hang together

1

Stand united, stick together, as in We must all hang together and tell the same story. [c. 1400]

2

Cohere, constitute a consistent whole. For example, The plot lines in that movie don't hang together. [Mid-1500s]

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