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hang-up

or hang·up

[hang-uhp]
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noun Slang.
  1. a preoccupation, fixation, or psychological block; complex: His hang-up is trying to outdo his brother.
  2. a source of annoying difficulty or burden; impediment; snag: The most serious hang-up the project has is a shortage of funds.
  3. 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.
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Origin of hang-up

First recorded in 1955–60; noun use of verb phrase hang up
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

inhibition, predicament, disturbance, dilemma, thing, restraint, impasse, difficulty, problem, obsession, block, reserve

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Historical Examples

  • Those fellows needed an artistic cussing-out and a thirty-day hang-up at the very lightest.

    The Taming of Red Butte Western

    Francis Lynde

  • At length Mr. Chadwick told them to "hang-up" and come back to the workshop.