hang on

hung on; hanging on; hangs on

Definition of hang on

intransitive verb

1 : to keep hold : hold on to something
2 : to persist tenaciously a cold that hung on all spring
hang on to
: to hold, grip, or keep tenaciously

First Known Use of hang on

circa 1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hang on was circa 1719

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“Hang on.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hangs%20on%20to. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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