hang out one's shingle

Definition of hang out one's shingle

US, informal
:to start one's own business especially as a doctor or lawyer
  • She graduated from law school and hung out her shingle.

Word by Word Definitions

hang play
  1. : to fasten to some elevated point without support from below : suspend

  2. : to suspend by the neck until dead

  3. : to fasten so as to allow free motion within given limits upon a point of suspension

  1. : the manner in which a thing is poised when suspended from above without support from below : the way in which a thing hangs (see 1hang)

  2. : declivity, slope

  3. : facility with or an understanding of something

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

shingle play
  1. : a small thin piece of building material often with one end thicker than the other for laying in overlapping rows as a covering for the roof or sides of a building

  2. : a small signboard especially designating a professional office

  3. : a woman's haircut with the hair trimmed short from the back of the head to the nape

  1. : to cover with or as if with shingles

  2. : to bob and shape (the hair) in a shingle

  3. : to lay out or arrange so as to overlap

  1. : coarse rounded detritus or alluvial material especially on the seashore that differs from ordinary gravel only in the larger size of the stones

  2. : a place strewn with shingle


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