Definition of hung

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past tense and past participle of hang


\ ˈhəŋ How to pronounce hung (audio) \

Definition of hung (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : unable to reach a decision or verdict a hung jury also, British : not having a political party with an overall majority a hung parliament
2 slang : having a large penis

Definition of Hung (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of hung in a Sentence


stood penitently before the judge with a hung head while he received his sentence

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The center-hung unit’s height also can be adjusted for various events held inside the venue. Tom Groeschen,, "Cincinnati Bearcats: Renovated Fifth Third Arena to feature new video boards," 15 June 2018 Staples draws the reporter with hung head and wearily closed eyes, making readers feel the weight of his decision. Shaan Amin, The Atlantic, "The Sprawling, Empathetic Adventure of Saga," 28 Mar. 2018 In the couple's adjoining offices, paintings, drawings, collages, and photos—male portraits in his, females in hers—are hung salon style. Kathleen Hackett, ELLE Decor, "All in the Family," 4 Oct. 2010 The vote was mandatory after the Sept. 9 general election delivered a hung parliament. David Keyton, Fox News, "Sweden's center-left PM loses confidence vote," 25 Sep. 2018 Democrats faced an unusually tough contest in the state because Mr. Menendez, a two-term incumbent, was hobbled by high unfavorability ratings stemming from a federal corruption trial that ended in a hung jury in 2017. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Sen. Robert Menendez Re-Elected in New Jersey," 6 Nov. 2018 Then two more trials ended in hung juries, with the jury divided along racial lines. Aja Romano, Vox, "Curtis Flowers was tried 6 times for the same crime. Now the Supreme Court will hear his case.," 6 Nov. 2018 Tellis’ initial trial ended in 2017 with a hung jury. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Suspect in Jessica Chambers trial deleted texts, witness says," 28 Sep. 2018 Do not miss this museum’s deep blue Great Hall, a soaring, two-story space with dozens of paintings, American and European, hung salon style. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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