hang up
verb Date: 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to place on a hook or hanger designed for the purpose <
hang up your coat
>
b. to replace (a telephone receiver) on the cradle so that the connection is broken 2. to keep delayed, suspended, or held up 3. to cause to stick or snag immovably <
the ship was hung up on a sandbar
>
intransitive verb 1. to break a telephone connection 2. to become stuck or snagged so as to be immovable

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hang up — {v.} 1. To place on a hook, peg, or hanger. * /When the children come to school, they hang up their coats in the cloakroom./ 2a. To place a telephone receiver back on its hook and break the connection. * /Carol s mother told her she had talked… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hang up — {v.} 1. To place on a hook, peg, or hanger. * /When the children come to school, they hang up their coats in the cloakroom./ 2a. To place a telephone receiver back on its hook and break the connection. * /Carol s mother told her she had talked… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hang-up — hang|up [ˈhæŋʌp] n informal a feeling of worry or embarrassment about something that you have although there is no real reason to feel this way ▪ She had cured him of all his hang ups. hang up about ▪ She s got a real hang up about her body.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hang-up — /hang up /, n. Slang. 1. a preoccupation, fixation, or psychological block; complex: His hang up is trying to outdo his brother. 2. a source of annoying difficulty or burden; impediment; snag: The most serious hang up the project has is a… …   Universalium

  • Hang-up —   [dt. »Aufhängen«], das Beenden einer telefonischen DFÜ Sitzung. Ein Hang up wird meistens durch den Benutzer ausgelöst, allerdings können auch die Kommunikationsprogramme Signale aussenden, durch welche die technische Komponente der DFÜ (Modem …   Universal-Lexikon

  • hang up — verbal phrase, c.1300; telephone sense by 1911. Noun hang up psychological fixation is first attested 1959, from notion of being suspended in one place …   Etymology dictionary

  • hang-up — hang ups N COUNT If you have a hang up about something, you have a feeling of fear, anxiety, or embarrassment about it. [INFORMAL] I don t have any hang ups about my body. Syn: inhibition …   English dictionary

  • hang-up — hang′ up or hang′up n. Slang. 1) sts a preoccupation, fixation, or psychological block; complex 2) cvb sts a source of annoying difficulty or burden • Etymology: 1955–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • hang-up — hang ,up noun count INFORMAL 1. ) something that you are worried or embarrassed about, especially something that is not very important: She doesn t have any hang ups about her appearance. 2. ) AMERICAN a problem that causes a delay or difficulty …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hang up — ► hang up end a telephone conversation by cutting the connection. Main Entry: ↑hang …   English terms dictionary

  • hang-up — ☆ hang up [haŋ′up΄ ] n. Slang a problem or difficulty, esp. one of a personal or emotional nature that a person seems unable to deal with …   English World dictionary

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