hang-up

or hang·up

[hang-uhp]

noun Slang.

a preoccupation, fixation, or psychological block; complex: His hang-up is trying to outdo his brother.
a source of annoying difficulty or burden; impediment; snag: The most serious hang-up the project has is a shortage of funds.
a fixture, object, or decoration that can be affixed to a wall, ceiling, other objects, etc.: He brightened up the room with flower baskets and other hang-ups.

Nearby words

  1. hang with,
  2. hang, hanged,
  3. hang-dog,
  4. hang-glider,
  5. hang-on,
  6. hangar,
  7. hangbird,
  8. hangchow,
  9. hangdog,
  10. hanged

Origin of hang-up

First recorded in 1955–60; noun use of verb phrase hang up

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