hang-up

noun \ ˈhaŋ-ˌəp \

Definition of hang-up

: a source of mental or emotional difficulty; broadly : problem

First Known Use of hang-up

1952

in the meaning defined above

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hang-up Synonyms

Synonyms

affliction, demon (or daemon), terror, torment;

Related Words

bête noire, bogey (also bogie), bugaboo, bugbear, hobgoblin, ogre;


hang up

verb

Definition of hang up

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

First Known Use of hang up

12th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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HANG-UP Defined for English Language Learners

hang-up

Definition of hang-up for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

hang-up

noun \ -ˌəp \

medical Definition of hang-up

: a source of mental or emotional difficulty


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