To hang back

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To hang back to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant.
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Usage

In literature:

It is called the "drop back to instep hang," and Joe did it in such a way that it was very thrilling.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
It's not like the Marshal to hang back so.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
If Bevis or Leonard or Larry seemed to hang back I'd die of shame.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
When he's off, fifty women hanging on to him couldn't hold him back.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
He's hanging on to the key of the Mooncat's console until he comes back up.
"The Star Hyacinths" by James H. Schmitz
They took him to Montpellier, where he was judged, condemned, and sent back to Alais to be hanged.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Not one should hang back and let his neighbors do for him what he ought to do for himself.
"A Pioneer Railway of the West" by Maude Ward Lafferty
They hang together, these officers, and make things up, so that when their turn comes to be in trouble the others back them.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
They hang back to let us all pass.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
If the said minister hangs back, or says, hang the idiot, my Lord will not amount to a hill of beans.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
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In poetry:

My soul looks back to see
The burdens thou didst bear
When hanging on the cursed tree,
And hopes her guilt was there.
"Hymn 142" by Isaac Watts
Then should we speak but servile words,
Or shall we hang our heads in shame?
Stand back of new-come foreign hordes,
And fear our heritage to claim?
"Fifty Years (1863-1913)" by James Weldon Johnson
I talk to the canvases that put my life in danger,
Hang them from clouds and trees,
Step back for some perspective.
You can easily engage the Italian masters in conversation.
"Paintings" by Marin Sorescu
Wonder as of old things
Fresh and fair come back
Hangs over pasture and road.
Lush in the lowland grasses rise
And upland beckons to upland.
The great strong hills are humble.
"Uplands In May" by Carl Sandburg
How do we keep his birthday now?
We ring the bells and we raise the strain,
We hang up garland, everywhere
And bid the tapers, twinkle fair,
And feast and frolic--and then we go
Back to the Mine old lives again.
"Christmas" by Susan Coolidge
But remember, Saviour,
That my heart which like a lark at heaven's gate singing,
hovers morning-bright to Thee,
Throws still the dark blood back and forth
In the avenues where the bat hangs sleeping, upside-down
And to me undeniable, Jesus.
"St. Matthew" by D H Lawrence

In news:

My friend Frank and I had the opportunity to hang with the Blisslife family in LA back in January.
Back in the day, I had occasion to "hang out" at the Kapalua Cliff House.
T Volunteers bring hanging flower baskets back to downtown.
John Bartron accused the supervisors of "stabbing the planning commission in the back" and "hanging it out to dry like a piñata.
This week, Bitch hangs out with the7'Michelin'stars, goes back to her nightclubbing roots with MTV in Frankfurt, and meets up with Starcom for the Heineken Oktoberfest.
For those hoping Petrino was going to just hang around in Fayetteville then slip back into the program, sorry, but his house has now sold.
Jim Furyk made a detour to Florida to sit on his back porch and hang out with his kids as he tried to figure out why decent golf was producing ordinary scores.
Philadelphia linebacker Jamar Chaney hangs on to Green Bay running back James Starks during the first half of their wild card playoff game in Philadelphia, Sunday, Jan 9, 2011.
During Mr Bitter's tenure he has provided a unique perspective on sports and has challenged his listeners to move to the front end of the learning curve instead of hanging out in the middle or back end.
After spending time with Chris Brown during his Carpe Diem world tour, Rihanna will be back stateside this weekend to hang out with her fans.
Sometimes—not always, but sometimes—it's just too much effort to hang your separates up back in the closet where they belong at the end of the day.
The back lounge is a great place to hang out—challenge your friends to a game of darts, foosball, PGA golf, or PBA bowling.
The skull of a man hanged as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination 129 years ago is coming back to Florida to be buried next to the man's mother.
The search for a running back who can hang onto the ball leads the Green Bay Packers to veteran free agent Cedric Benson.
Ol' Blue Eyes himself used to hang at the Riviera Palm Springs back in the day, and even after a mod refurb, it still has that Rat Pack glamour.
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