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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Examples of hung up in a Sentence

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

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When Jarelle Redden was named the next head basketball coach at Woodward Career Technical High School last July, the Western Hills graduate was looking forward to hanging up championship banners. Shelby Dermer,, "Woodward freshman Paul McMillan IV already making a splash with summer play," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, Meghan has already hung up her taupe Roland Mouret dress at the back of the closet, and changed into a more casual Givenchy look. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Braves Athletic Field in Heels at Ireland's Croke Park," 11 July 2018 In a cave, gear can easily hang up on rocky outcrops. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Daring Rescue that Saved the Thai Soccer Team," 10 July 2018 Longwood police were called around 3 p.m. to the bar at 323 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd. after someone called 911 and hung up. David Harris,, "'I do not negotiate whatsoever,' armed pub owner said, before being shot by SWAT officer: report," 10 July 2018 But Ronaldo has no intention of hanging up his boots soon. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Cristiano Ronaldo to Join Italy’s Juventus in $117 Million Deal," 10 July 2018 The Southern California News Group said Selyem hung up on a reporter who reached him by phone. CBS News, "San Bernardino prosecutor punished for comments about Maxine Waters, Michelle Obama," 10 July 2018 Dingell said that Bethany social workers have been contacting detention centers to contact parents, but get mixed reactions: Some facilities are helpful, while others ignore, or, in some cases, hang up on them. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Rep: 12-year-old blind girl among immigrant kids taken to Michigan," 5 July 2018 If that’s the case, the button could let users do things like start and stop timers, control music, take photos, or even possibly answer or hang up on calls. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The Galaxy Note 9’s S-Pen is reportedly getting Bluetooth for additional functionality," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of hung up

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hung up was in 1878

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English Language Learners Definition of hung up

: delayed for a time

: thinking or worrying too much about something or someone

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