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.
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How to use hang-up in a sentence
They can dodge or prevaricate or just hang up when dealing with a voice on the phone.
Everything is each and every time a conscious effort: hang up your clothes, etc.
In both cases, when someone answered he was to blow three times into the mouthpiece, and then hang up.The Spy Who Saved The World—Then Tried To Destroy It | Jeremy Duns | November 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Without saying anything—she makes a slight face—she pushes the button to hang up the line.In Afghanistan, Roya Mahboob Connects Girls With Computers | Angela Shah | September 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lipa Schmeltzer's new song, "Hang Up The Phone," raises some important questions.Stop Calling, Stop Calling, I Don't Want To Talk Anymore | Raphael Magarik | June 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Take blankets and beads to the Wyandots and watch them hang up white wampum.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
That old fallen hickory will do for your dressing-room, and there are places to hang up your clothes.Mass' George | George Manville Fenn
If possible hang up a large picture of the "Return of the Mayflower," or other appropriate picture in the room.The Complete Club Book for Women | Caroline French Benton
In order that he might hang up his brother rioters, he was granted a pardon!The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 1/2 | Camden Pelham
In a little time he called the landlord, and desired him to hang up the gun.The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 1/2 | Camden Pelham
British Dictionary definitions for hang up
(tr) to put on a hook, hanger, etc: please hang up your coat
to replace (a telephone receiver) on its cradle at the end of a conversation, often breaking a conversation off abruptly
(tr; usually passive usually foll by on) informal to cause to have an emotional or psychological preoccupation or problem: he's really hung up on his mother
an emotional or psychological preoccupation or problem
a persistent cause of annoyance
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Other Idioms and Phrases with hang-up
Suspend on a hook or hanger, as in Let me hang up your coat for you. [c. 1300]
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