hang on

Definitions

  • Sally hanging a sock on a line in the kitchen
    Sally hanging a sock on a line in the kitchen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hang on be persistent, refuse to stop "he persisted to call me every night","The child persisted and kept asking questions"
    • v hang on hold the phone line open "Please hang on while I get your folder"
    • v hang on fix to; attach "append a charm to the necklace"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The camel is laden with items, and two small children are in hanging bags on the side The camel is laden with items, and two small children are in hanging bags on the side
Why didn't you hang on to the favourite Why didn't you hang on to the favourite

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
    • Hang on to cling to, to regard with admiration: to depend upon: to weigh down or oppress: to be importunate
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Quotations

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    “It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Education is hanging around until you've caught on.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
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    “If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “Man... cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain runs with him.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

Idioms

Hang your hat on (something) - To depend on OR believe in something.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hangian, causal form of hón, pa.t. heng, pa.p. hangen; Dut. and Ger. hangen, Goth. hahan.

Usage

In literature:

There wasn't anything to do but to try and hang on till spring; then we hoped somebody would come down like you have.
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
Only a company, but still hanging on.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
Be prudent; our lives hang on a breath!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
The events of your life may hang on this day, on this one letter.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Ah, he was the fine lad, always hanging on his granny's chair and putting his little curly head on her shoulder to be petted.
"Mary Ware's Promised Land" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Instinctively Bruce reached for the heavy, old-fashioned revolver hanging on its nail.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
The bunches of fast-ripening grapes are hanging on all sides, and promise an abundant crop.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Her clothes, strange in shape and of a ruddy sunset colour, are hanging on a pine-tree near at hand.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
And they got away with the big moose ham, hanging on the spruce.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Him as they hanged on a gibbet on Wappin' wharf.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
You hang on with both hands and feet and give us a chance to think.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Hanging on a twine string about his neck was a large onion.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
Pete glanced backward from the door, and a cloak that was hanging on the inside of it brushed his face.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
We'll hang on, as you say, and it may give us a chance to act.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
They came upon the deer, which he had killed and left hanging on the branch of a tree.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
And meanwhile we'll hang on to our water somehow.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Meanwhile, the fleet, with the savages hanging on either flank, crept on up the river.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Tin cans fitted to hang on the bars of the galley range.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He seemed a dark, almost evil thing, pursuing her, hanging on to her, burdening her.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The thought of himself lying dead in the dark and his scalp hanging on a pole in front of a lodge down at Saukenuk made Raoul shudder.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

Snowless hang the clouds to-night,
Through the darkness comes no light;
On this lonely pillow now,
Never more shall sleep alight.
"Charm Verses" by Anonymous European
Thus doth th' eternal Spirit own
And seal the mission of the Son;
The Father vindicates his cause,
While he hangs bleeding on the cross.
"Hymn 137" by Isaac Watts
Loe! on my neck this twist I bind,
For to hang him that steales my mynde:
Unless hee hang alive in chaynes
I hang and dye in lingring paynes.
"A Necklace" by William Strode
When on her green and graceful stem
She hangs, her native bush adorning,
Sparkling with many a dewy gem,
And blushing with the beams of morning?
"For The Album of Miss E. L. B--" by John Pierpont
If I were hanged on the highest hill,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!
I know whose love would follow me still,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!
"Mother o' Mine" by Rudyard Kipling
Not long our journey—soon on earth
The trav'ller's pilgrimage is o'er;
Death hangs upon a mortal's birth—
And life's dull pathway tires no more.
"God's Guidance implored" by John Bowring

In news:

Published Sunday, Sep 16, 2012, at 12:06 a.m. "Telegraph Avenue" by Michael Chabon (Harper, $27.99) Two longtime friends Archy and Nat are hanging on to Brokeland Records, a vinyl dream on the edge of Berkley and Oakland.
Kids I'm Sleeping Door Hanger collage they design and hang on their door.
Michelle Pfeiffer says "I'm hanging on every word.".
Jeanette Wilson's sashes and tiara hang on the wall of her Bremerton home.
Admire Moon Hangs on For Japan Cup.
Mubarak hangs on after mass protests in Egypt.
He is standing next to a large framed color photo of the Caledonia area that hangs on one of the walls of his office.
After attending the University of Southern California and a brief career reading screenplays and hanging on the beach, Trinidad made her way home.
Rynell Novak can't help but smile and chat about the images hanging on the walls in her home.
In this Oct 9, 2012 file photo, a for lease sign hangs on the window of the former Pura Vida fitness studio, in Kennebunk, Maine.
Still have an old-fashioned "paper" calendar hanging on the fridge.
Arian Foster ran for 152 yards and a touchdown, and the Texans stayed unbeaten by defeating the New York Jets for the first time in team history, hanging on for a 23-17 victory last night.
A collection of paintings by Ben Cameron hangs on display at Columbia College.
His art hangs on the walls of Chicago-area galleries and appears in other, unlikelier places, such as the underside of skateboards.
As many people have seen on the downtown Bend Christmas tree, several silver plates are hanging on the branches, representing coins, or change.
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In science:

Schematic drawing of 1/4 view of the CDF detector showing a MiniPlug hanging from two unistrut beams supported on one end by the Plug and on the other by the toroid (not to scale).
The CDF MiniPlug Calorimeters
Roughly speaking, the largest component of Gn consists of the two-core with some trees hanging off it, and it is easy to see what effect deleting edges from the trees has on the size of the largest component.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
In order to achieve this, the walk can either move out to infinity, in which case the coloring must contain many long black intervals, or the walk can hang around the origin, in which case the coloring must contain a single white site close to the origin with two long black intervals on either side.
A crossover for the bad configurations of random walk in random scenery
Instrument platform of 280 mm diameter, hanging on two declination halfshafts, has mounting holes for three CCD cameras.
The All Sky Automated Survey
As Donald points out, the credibility of our case hangs on the feasibility of finding quantum states existing in living cells.
Comment on Book Review of `Quantum Evolution' (Johnjoe McFadden) by Mathew J. Donald
The test mass hangs inside the sensor, connected to the torsion fiber by an Al shaft passing through a hole on the top z face of the sensor.
Achieving geodetic motion for LISA test masses: ground testing result
An array of 1 ton of enriched 76Ge is hanging on a structure in the middle of a tank filled by liquid nitrogen.
Recent advances in neutrinoless double beta decay search
Obviously, our conclusions hang on the expression adopted for the entropy density of the gravitational waves.
Relic gravitational waves in the expanding Universe
A body of mass M hangs on a flexible rope of mass m.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
After several technical problems (including a fatal failure during a vibration test in March 2000) and after several postponements, RHESSI was finally launched on the 5th of February 2002 using the Pegasus XL carrier rocket hanged under the L-1011 airplane.
Statistical Analysis of the Observable Data of Gamma-Ray Bursts
A freely hanging torsion balance responds only to a difference in the directions of the external force vectors on the test bodies and not on their magnitudes (see figure 1).
Torsion-balance tests of the weak equivalence principle
TOPHAT is conceived as a long-duration balloon-borne experiment with the detectors located on the top of the balloon rather than in a gondola hanging below the balloon.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Experiments
Test beam prototypes of HCAL were based on the hanging file structure .
Performance of a Prototype CMS Hadron Barrel Calorimeter in a Test Beam
So if everything hangs together in terms of the top quark mass and the Higgs mass, we obtain constraints on what else could be out there.
Experimental Tests of the Standard Model
The other reason why another form of the baker map is introduced is based on the observation that during the reactions there is material hanging over the vertical edges (the edges parallel to the background flow) of the unit square.
Autocatalytic Reactions in Systems with Hyperbolic Mixing: Exact Results for the Active Baker Map
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