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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Synonyms for hung up


happy, obsessed, queer

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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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McCutchen, a former photo editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune, saw his three sons through the program years ago and just kept going until a recent job change forced him to hang up his uniform. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "After 25 years and 2,100 Boy Scouts, popular North County scoutmaster steps down," 2 July 2019 According to Yahoo, the quarterbacks faced each other 17 times before Manning, 43, hung up his jersey, with Brady coming out on top with an 11-6 record in their meetings. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Tom Brady Hilariously Shouts Profanity While Playing Golf, 'Forgets' His Sons Are Behind Him," 1 July 2019 Sebastian hung up the court trumpeter’s belongings. David Canfield,, "First look: Marie Lu turns to historical fiction in brand-new YA fantasy The Kingdom of Back," 28 June 2019 And in the last raft, oarsman Garrett Eaton felt the submerged rock catch rubber, hanging up the rear. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "A run through Colorado’s Yampa whitewater reveals the wildness that remains. But will the West’s rivers survive urban demands?," 23 June 2019 See: Both Woody is still hung up on his OG owner Andy, even if Bonnie is now written on his boot. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Should You See Toy Story 4 Or Child's Play?," 20 June 2019 House Bill 7160 was proposed by Lamont and passed the House of Representatives in May before becoming hung up in the Senate. Daniela Altimari,, "Advocates of failed voting measure aren’t giving up yet," 19 June 2019 Be present in every moment, don’t get hung up on gifts, material things, titles, fame or fortune. Washington Post, "Man who allegedly paid for hit on David Ortiz reportedly identified by Dominican authorities," 18 June 2019 Glasgow hung up on a reporter seeking comment for this story on Monday morning; Sand did not return a phone call seeking comment. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Council meeting on Tuesday could determine Lakeland City Hall’s direction," 17 June 2019

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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

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

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