From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhang on phrasal verb1HOLDto hold something tightly toShe hung on to the side of the cart.Hang on tight!2hang on! British English spokena)WAITused to ask or tell someone to wait syn hold onHang on! I’ll be back in a minute.b)used when you have just noticed or thought of something that is interesting or wrong3DEPEND/IT DEPENDS hang on something to depend on somethingEverything hangs on the outcome of this meeting.4hang on somebody’s words/every wordATTENTION to pay close attention to everything someone is sayingShe was watching his face, hanging on his every word. →hang→ See Verb table
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hang on• They are for ever hanging on by their fingernails.• But hang on - there's Bambi!hang to• How long can you hang on to an impossibledream?• And we're hanging on to each other trying to get on the plane.• Always hang on to something that tells them who they are - and tells me, too, in this case.• The perception seems to be that horseshang on to the infection and then pass it on.• Hang on to the rail or you'll fall.• If she wanted to hang on to the shreds of her professionalreputation she'd better start by controlling her haywireemotions.• And, if like me you believe that dreams come true, you should hang on to them.• So I can hang on to things as I move around.hang on something• Pros: Lots of pyrotechnics and effects, plenty of twists and turns that keep you hanging on.• They are for ever hanging on by their fingernails.• The sight of him hanging on the Cross - are we really supposed to worship that, defeat and death?• You can escape if you answerpuzzles, games and questions about the great works of arthanging on the walls.• But hang on - there's Bambi!• If she wanted to hang on to the shreds of her professional reputation she'd better start by controlling her haywire emotions.• A few still hang ontoday, but in large sections of the mountains a living dogwood is nowhere to be seen.• With just a few basicmaterials, I now have paintingshanging on walls in relatives homes.hang on somebody’s words/every word• And the children of Elvis did hang on his every word.• As a result, you find yourself hanging on to every word and gesture.• We weren't all hanging on your every word anyway, even back then.