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Definition of hang-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a source of mental or emotional difficulty broadly : problem

hang up

hung up; hanging up; hangs up

Definition of hang up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of hang-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Consider putting it on a poster or banner to hang up wherever most of the activities will take place or use printable iron-on fabric transfer sheets to make t-shirts or reusable bags. Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, "Week one: Camp logo design," 24 June 2020 Ann Justus, the woman inside the apartment also called 911 and didn't hang up. Helen Wieffering, azcentral, "Phoenix police shoot and kill a man involved in fight at apartment," 17 June 2020 There are a limited number of banners this time around, but Williams hopes to hang up more military banners again. Sierra Newton, Cincinnati.com, "Heart Land: Harrison woman has banner year as she seeks to honor 'Hometown Heroes'," 11 June 2020 Don’t forget: Natural shelters like this are difficult to see from a distance, so hang up something bright like a flag to mark the shelter. Popular Science, "Fifteen survival shelters that can save your life," 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of hang-up


1952, in the meaning defined above


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

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“Hang-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hang-up. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hang-up

informal : something that causes you to feel worried, afraid, embarrassed, etc.


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Medical Definition of hang-up

: a source of mental or emotional difficulty

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