hang-up

1 of 2

noun

: a source of mental or emotional difficulty
broadly : problem

hang up

2 of 2

verb

hung up; hanging up; hangs up

transitive verb

1
a
: to place on a hook or hanger designed for the purpose
hang up your coat
b
: to replace (a telephone receiver) on the cradle so that the connection is broken
2
: to keep delayed, suspended, or held up
3
: to cause to stick or snag immovably
the ship was hung up on a sandbar

intransitive verb

1
: to break a telephone connection
2
: to become stuck or snagged so as to be immovable

Examples of hang-up in a Sentence

Noun low self-esteem is only one of his many hang-ups
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Galloway Township police officers responded to a home on Cresson Avenue in Galloway Township at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in response to a 911 hang-up call, the department said in a news release. Landon Mion, Fox News, 8 Apr. 2024 Cal State campuses have conducted workshops with local high schools — and also stepped up assistance for continuing students, who also were encountering unfamiliar hang-ups with their applications. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 The hang-up, according to GOP leadership sources, is funding for DHS, which would keep the agency funded at current levels. Lauren Peller, ABC News, 18 Mar. 2024 The hang-ups and prejudices of older generations are not theirs. Kate T. Parker, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 Since the buildings opened, the Police Department has had 762 calls for service there, including calls from Windsor Pointe residents, neighbors, police patrols, follow-up visits and 911 hang-ups, according to Police Chief Mickey Williams. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2024 CEOs face formidable challenges, whether leading a company during a pandemic, navigating various geopolitical tensions, inflation, logistical hang-ups, or the lingering possibility of a recession. Julian Hayes Ii, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 No one’s hang-up is any stranger than anyone else’s. Jesse Green, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 The hang-up is a bit of an odd one for Lotus, because it’s previously sold a car in the U.S. with the same exact mill. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 26 Jan. 2024
Verb
Many of those calls, however, were unanswered or immediately hung up on, according to court documents. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2024 Alito said his wife had hung up the flag in response to a dispute with a neighbor. The Editors, National Review, 24 May 2024 This one had been dragged more than five feet, indicating something was hung up on it. Scott Haugen, Outdoor Life, 22 May 2024 Highmore, who plays the brilliant surgeon Shaun Murphy, will hang up his scrubs for good after seven seasons when the series finale airs on Tuesday, May 21. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 20 May 2024 The station was not a place where people got hung up on particulars. Alex Williams, New York Times, 17 May 2024 This is the perfect piece of art to hang up in your dining room, kitchen, or living room. Kirsten Chanel Webber, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2024 The mogul also posted a photo of one room inside her home transformed into the ‘Psalm Patrol’ with a white and bright green color scheme, fake slime on the floor and doorway and backpacks — just like the ones worn by the Ghostbusters team in the franchise — hanging up on a fake brick wall. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 Related Articles Allow chair space: A rug under a dining table should extend at least 24 inches beyond the table so diners can pull chairs in and out without getting hung up. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, 2 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1952, in the meaning defined above

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of hang-up was in the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near hang-up

Cite this Entry

“Hang-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hang-up. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

hang-up

1 of 2 noun
ˈhaŋ-ˌəp
: a source of mental or emotional difficulty

hang up

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)haŋ-ˈəp
1
a
: to place on a hook or hanger
hang up your coat
b
: to replace a telephone receiver on the cradle so that the connection is broken
also : to end a telephone conversation
2
: to snag or cause to snag so as to be immovable
a boat hung up on rocks
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