hang out one's shingle

Definition of hang out one's shingle

US, informal

  1. :  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

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

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

    :  to adjust the hem of (a skirt) so as to hang evenly and at a proper height

  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)

    :  declivity, slope

    :  droop

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

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

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

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

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

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

shingleplay
  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

    :  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

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

    :  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

    :  a place strewn with shingle


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