hang1 S1 W2 past tense and past participle hung
top part fastened
a) also hang up [transitive always + adverb/preposition]
to put something in a position so that the top part is fixed or supported, and the bottom part is free to move and does not touch the ground:
Philip hung his coat on a hook behind the door.
She hung the sheets on the washing line.
b) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to be in a position where the top part is fixed or supported, and the bottom part is free to move and does not touch the ground:
An old-fashioned gas lamp hung from the ceiling.
Her long hair hung loose about her shoulders.
The shirt hung down almost to his ankles.
to fix a picture, photograph etc to a wall:
I wanted to hang the picture in the hall.
b) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
if a picture, photograph etc is hanging somewhere, it is fixed to a wall:
There was a family photograph hanging on the wall.
if the walls of a room are hung with pictures or decorations, the pictures etc are on the walls:
The entrance hall was hung with rich tapestries.
to kill someone by dropping them with a rope around their neck, or to die in this way, especially as a punishment for a serious crime
kill/be killedpast tense and past participle hanged [intransitive and transitive]SC
be hanged for something
He was hanged for murder.
Corey hanged himself in his prison cell.
If he is found guilty, he will almost certainly hang.
to fasten attractive paper to a wall in order to decorate a room:
We spent the afternoon hanging wallpaper.
to fasten a door in position:
Hanging a door is quite a tricky job.
if something such as smoke hangs in the air, it stays in the air for a long time:
mist/smoke/smell[intransitive + adverb/preposition]
The smoke from the bonfires hung in the air.
A thick mist hung over the town.
if a door, someone's mouth etc hangs open, it is open
if something hangs in the balance, it is not certain what will happen to it:
The future of the company hangs in the balance.
if something is hanging by a thread, it is in a very dangerous situation and may not continue:
He is still in hospital, his life hanging by a thread.
10 also hang tough spoken especially American English
to remain brave and determined when you are in a difficult situation:
Don't worry. Just hang on in there.
to look ashamed and embarrassed:
She hung her head, not sure how to reply.
Daphne had hung her head in shame.
to wait for a short while before you do something:
I think we should hang fire for a week.
to leave something in a situation where it has not been explained, completed, or dealt with:
His resignation has left some important questions hanging in the air.
14 American English spokenTT
to turn right or left when driving:
Go straight on for two blocks, then hang a left.
15 [intransitive] American English spoken
to spend time somewhere, relaxing and enjoying yourself
We were just hanging with the dudes at Mike's house.
16 British English old-fashioned
used to express annoyance or to say that you will not allow something to happen:
I'll be hanged if I'll give them any money!
17 British English old-fashioned
used to say that you are disappointed or annoyed about something
18 British English old-fashioned
used to say that you are not going to do something:
Oh hang the report, let's go for a drink.
hang aboutphrasal verb
to move slowly or take too long doing something:
Come on, we haven't got time to hang about!
to spend time somewhere without any real purpose:
There were always groups of boys hanging about in the square.
He normally hung about the house all day.
used to ask someone to wait or stop what they are doing
used when you have just noticed or thought of something that is interesting or wrong:
Hang about - that can't be right.
hang about with somebodyphrasal verb
hang around/round (something)phrasal verb
I hung around the station for an hour but he never came.
hang around with somebodyphrasal verb
The people I used to hang around with were much older than me.
hang backphrasal verb
to stay a short distance away from someone or something, and not go too near them:
Instinctively he hung back in the shelter of a rock.
to not say or do something because you are shy or afraid
hang onphrasal verb
to hold something tightly
hang on to
She hung on to the side of the cart.
Hang on tight!
2 British English spoken
used to ask or tell someone to wait [= hold on]:
Hang on! I'll be back in a minute.
used when you have just noticed or thought of something that is interesting or wrong
to depend on something:
Everything hangs on the outcome of this meeting.
to pay close attention to everything someone is saying:
She was watching his face, hanging on his every word.
hang on to somethingphrasal verb
I think I'll hang on to the documents for a bit longer.
hang outphrasal verb
to spend a lot of time in a particular place or with particular people ➔ hangout
hang out with
I don't really know who she hangs out with.
Where do the youngsters hang out?
to hang clothes outside in order to dry them:
My job was to hang out the washing.
Hang the wet things out to dry.
to relax and do what you like
hang over something/somebodyphrasal verb
The threat of redundancy was still hanging over us.
It's not very nice to have huge debts hanging over your head.
hang togetherphrasal verb
if a plan, story, set of ideas etc hangs together, it is well organized and its different parts go well together:
Her story just doesn't hang together.
if people hang together, they help each other
hang upphrasal verb
to finish a telephone conversation:
I said goodbye and hung up.
hang up on
Don't hang up on me.
to hang clothes on a hook etc:
She took her coat off and hung it up.
to stop doing a particular kind of work