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 onthey 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 Jones initially refused to answer the door for 20 minutes and hung up when agents called her, according to FDLE. CBS News, "Fired COVID-19 data scientist posts video of Florida agents raiding her home: "They pointed guns at my kids"," 8 Dec. 2020 Bunn hung up on a reporter when he was contacted for comment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Decade later, ‘Replaygate’ loss to BYU still stings Aztecs," 10 Dec. 2020 Cyrus is hung up on the late-’70s and early-’80s period during which punk and metal were finding a place on FM radio. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Miley Cyrus Has Always Been Rock-and-Roll," 3 Dec. 2020 But while British leadership is hung up on all this favourite child nonsense, a skirmish arises in the Falkland Islands, a British territory, when a group of scrap metal workers raise an Argentinian flag and declare the land to be theirs. Martha Sorren,, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From The Crown Season 4," 19 Nov. 2020 When contacted by a reporter, White hung up the phone after a question about protocols for reporting abuse. Kenny Jacoby, Nancy Armour And Jessica Luther, USA Today, "LSU mishandled sexual misconduct complaints against students, including top athletes," 16 Nov. 2020 Gigi might have moved on, but Zayn still seems to be hung up on his big split. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Definitive Timeline of Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik's Relationship," 11 Aug. 2020 As the reporter tried to identify himself, the person who answered quickly hung up. oregonlive, "White-hot anger follows California governor’s visit to fancy dinner during COVID-19, politicians Hawaii trip," 18 Nov. 2020 As the reporter tried to identify himself, the person who answered quickly hung up. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "Newsom, legislators face anger over party and Hawaii trip," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of hung up

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2021

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“Hung up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 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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