Definition of hung

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past tense and past participle of hang

\ ˈhəŋ How to pronounce hung (audio) \

Definition of hung (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : unable to reach a decision or verdict a hung jury also, British : not having a political party with an overall majority a hung parliament
2 slang : having a large penis

Definition of Hung (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of hung in a Sentence

Adjective stood penitently before the judge with a hung head while he received his sentence
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Dippolito was actually tried three times in the case: She was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to 20 years in prison, but that verdict was tossed on appeal and a second trial, in December 2016, ended in a hung jury. Kc Baker,, "‘Til Death Do Them Part: A Husband Pushed Off a Cliff, a Wife Drowns and Other Newlywed Homicides," 3 Dec. 2019 Warren faced 20 years in prison during the previous 9-day trial for his felony charges that ended in a hung jury. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Humanitarian Scott Warren Found Not Guilty After Retrial for Helping Migrants at Mexican Border," 21 Nov. 2019 The 12-person jury in Tucson took just more than two hours to reach a not guilty verdict, striking a blow to federal prosecutors who opted to retry Warren after the first trial ended in a hung jury in June. Rafael Carranza, USA TODAY, "Jury acquits Arizona border volunteer Scott Warren of harboring immigrants," 20 Nov. 2019 The analysis was performed as part of a series of episodes questioning Flowers' conviction in a sixth trial, after three earlier verdicts were thrown out and two trials ended in hung juries. CBS News, "Lawsuit seeks to prevent prosecutor from keeping blacks off juries," 19 Nov. 2019 The first trial against him in Tucson ended in June with a hung jury. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Arizona border aid worker Scott Warren takes stand in second trial against him," 19 Nov. 2019 Li’s boyfriend, Kaveh Bayat, was also tried, but a hung jury was declared in his case, the outlet reported. Ashley Boucher,, "Heiress Found Not Guilty of Killing Her Children’s Father After Family Posted $35 Million Bail," 16 Nov. 2019 Johnson needs to top more than 40-plus percent of the vote to form a majority government — and avoid the perils of a hung Parliament or having to cast his lot again with the one-issue unionists in Northern Ireland. Washington Post, "Nigel Farage offers Boris Johnson a truce, boosting prospects for Conservatives in December election," 11 Nov. 2019 The rise of smaller parties means the possibility of a hung parliament is greater now than in previous decades. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Everything you need to know about the UK general election on December 12," 30 Oct. 2019

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1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hung.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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