hang on

verb
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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