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
Recent Examples on the Web The caller hung up before giving the dispatcher additional information, police say. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Those hung up on the question of whether the latest news is good for the Jews always seemed not only hopelessly ineffective but also tedious. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 When legislation gets hung up on procedures like the filibuster, Americans often mistake the inability to act on the president. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 21 Jan. 2022 Explorer’s three heavy-duty wheeled robots practically raced down the urban, tunnel and cave passages, getting hung up in a few narrow places. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 Although Berry hung up her suit and tucked away her whip after one film as Catwoman, the character is returning to the big screen in The Batman. Greta Bjornson,, 26 Oct. 2021 But, aside from getting hung up on that one rock, the underside (which is protected by an underbody shield) made it out unscathed thanks to the suspension and excellent lines. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, 29 Sep. 2021 Yet Brown doesn’t come across as too hung up on his own individual, statistical game. Hunter Felt, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 There are too many puppets and masks here to house with any semblance of order: they are strewn about the property, tacked to hickories and maples, piled in sheds and under porches, hung up like deer hides in stalls. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Hung up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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