or hang·up

[ hang-uhp ]
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  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.

  1. 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.

Origin of hang-up

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

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How to use hang-up in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hang up

hang up

  1. (tr) to put on a hook, hanger, etc: please hang up your coat

  2. to replace (a telephone receiver) on its cradle at the end of a conversation, often breaking a conversation off abruptly

  1. (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

nounhang-up informal
  1. an emotional or psychological preoccupation or problem

  2. 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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