English version

hang back

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhang back phrasal verb1 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.2 WILLINGto not say or do something because you are shy or afraid hang→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
hang backAmbitious men will not wait and unscrupulous men will not hang back.Faith steps forward; doubt hangs back.We must all join in this - there is no room for anyone to hang back.Anna was hanging back and trying to open her mouth.I propel Rainbow towards her, but hang back myself, struggling to remember the proper formula for deflecting these desperate wanderers.He came reluctantly, hanging back when I took his hand.She was hanging back with him, pretending to be interested in some insect on a berry plant.After that, I stuck to business, trying to hang back within myself.
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Verb table
hang
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyhang
he, she, ithangs
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhunghanged
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave hung
he, she, ithas hung
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad hung
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill hang
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have hung
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam hanging
he, she, itis hanging
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you, we, theyare hanging
Past
I, he, she, itwas hanging
you, we, theywere hanging
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been hanging
he, she, ithas been hanging
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been hanging
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be hanging
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been hanging
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