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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inhibition, predicament, disturbance, dilemma, thing, restraint, impasse, difficulty, problem, obsession, block, reserve
- hang with,
- hang, hanged,
Origin of hang-up
First recorded in 1955–60; noun use of verb phrase hang up
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