hang-on

[ hang-on, -awn ]
/ ˈhæŋˌɒn, -ˌɔn /
Informal.

noun

something easily attached to or mounted on another surface or object, as a turbocharger or transceiver in an automobile, a unit suspendable from shelving, or a portable soap dish.

adjective

pertaining to or denoting such an attachment: A clumsy hang-on unit supplied the air conditioning.

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Origin of hang-on

noun, adj. use of verb phrase hang on
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Example sentences from the Web for hang-on

  • Says it's nothin' but just grit and hang-on that keeps him alive.

    Fair Harbor|Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for hang-on

hang on

verb (intr)

(adverb) to continue or persist in an activity, esp with effort or difficultyhang on at your present job until you can get another
(adverb) to cling, grasp, or holdshe hangs on to her mother's arm
(preposition) to be conditioned or contingent on; depend oneverything hangs on this business deal
Also: hang onto, hang upon (preposition) to listen attentively toshe hung on his every word
(adverb) informal to wait or remainhang on for a few minutes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with hang-on

hang on

1

hang on to. Cling tightly to something, retain, as in Hang on to those papers before they blow away. [Mid-1800s] Also see hang on to your hat.

2

Continue persistently, persevere, as in This cough is hanging on much longer than I expected, or He was hanging on, hoping business would improve when interest rates went down. This usage was sometimes embellished to hang on by one's eyelashes or eyebrows or eyelids, meaning “to persist at any cost.” [Second half of 1800s]

3

Keep a telephone connection open, as in Please hang on, I'll see if he's in. [First half of 1900s]

4

Wait for a short time, be patient, as in Hang on, I'm getting it as fast as I can. [First half of 1900s]

5

Depend on, as in Our plans hang on their decision about the new park. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]

6

Blame on, as in They'll try to hang that robbery on the same gang, but I don't think they'll succeed. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

7

hang one on. Get very drunk, as in Come on, let's go and hang one on. [Slang; mid-1900s] Also see the subsequent idioms beginning with hang on.

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