hung up


Definition of hung up

1 : delayed or detained for a time
2 : anxiously nervous
3 : having great or excessive interest in or preoccupation with someone or something usually used with on they broke up but he's still hung up on herhung up on winning

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Many people are hung up about their physical appearance. parents of a toddler who are already hung up about her getting into a good college
Recent Examples on the Web But sometimes even that strategy can feel limiting once you get hung up on a particular dish. Washington Post, "Reduce waste and eat well while using what’s already in your refrigerator and freezer," 19 Apr. 2021 Which is not to say Chiapponi is hung up on decorous good taste. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, "Walter Chiapponi, Tod’s New Creative Director, Is Bringing the Brand’s Light Touch to the Whole Wardrobe," 27 Mar. 2021 Instead of getting hung up on which types of behaviors constitute cheating, the term reframes the conversation to deal with how one partner’s actions impact another. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "What Is Emotional Cheating (and Does It Count)?," 11 Mar. 2021 Field dressing and skinning occurred with the bull hung up back at home. Tom Carpenter, Outdoor Life, "Lacey Lupien Tagged This Massive Bull Elk in Minnesota—On Her Anniversary," 2 Mar. 2021 Morikawa planned on wearing red and black but his golf shirt got hung up en route. Steve Dimeglio, The Arizona Republic, "Collin Morikawa honors Tiger Woods with WGC-Workday Championship win," 1 Mar. 2021 Even after checking, the family got hung up in a 40-minute delay on Highway 4 as SpaceX moved a giant crane. Brandon Lingle, San Antonio Express-News, "'This is not SpaceX property - this is my property': SpaceX looks to recast South Texas town as 'Starbase'," 24 Apr. 2021 School district officials reached this week said the event is not an official school club and then hung up the phone. Washington Post, "South Dakota high school rodeo club cancels annual ‘slave auction’ fundraiser," 22 Apr. 2021 Julio Teheran to miss 'quite a few starts' on 10-day injured list; Michael Fulmer to start; Alex Lange called up Skubal's splitter, learned over the offseason, hung up in the strike zone against Cesar Hernandez in the third. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit Tigers' Tarik Skubal learned after his 'unacceptable' outing," 11 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hung up

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2021

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“Hung up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hung up

US : delayed for a time
: thinking or worrying too much about something or someone

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