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past tense and past participle of hang


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


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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
So don’t get too hung up on trying to sound perfect. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 1 May 2024 In fact, the material costs typically represent only about 20% of the cost of professionally hung wallpaper, according to an industry report conducted by IT Strategies. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, 4 Apr. 2024 The former factory worker sparkles at the memory of the food shops inside and even a hung picture of a flowery scene that once served as a backdrop for portraits – all details of daily life that once helped knit this community together. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Feb. 2024 But academy voters were apparently too hung up on the image of Carrey talking out of his hindquarters and left him empty-handed. The New York Times Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Hibiscus, oleander and other colorful blossoms decorate the facades as does the occasional flower wreath that’s hung on May 1 to celebrate the start of spring. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 The other five hung charges alleging bribery payments, money laundering and obstruction of justice will be dismissed by prosecutors with the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 2 Feb. 2024 In response, jail inmates on Monday protested and hung signs demanding Macías be transferred back. Time, 15 Aug. 2023 On the far wall, 17 of varying sizes are hung, unmatted, unframed, and stacked high. Mark Feeney,, 4 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hung was in 1848

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“Hung.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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past and past participle of hang


2 of 2 adjective
: unable to reach a decision or verdict
a hung jury

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past and past participle of hang

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