to hang on



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - hang on

"to hang on"

to wait

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - hang on

"to hang on"

to keep or hold something for someone

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - hang on

"to hang on"

to pay close attention

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - hang on

"to hang on"

to believe in something over time

 

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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - hang on

"to hang on"

to persevere

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hang on

A couple are getting ready to go out for dinner ...

Husband:  Are you ready to go yet?

WifeHang on.  I'll be ready in a minute.

Husband:  I have already been waiting ten minutes.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hang on

Two friends are talking at the mall ...

Friend 1:  I really need to use the washroom. Would you hang on to my parcels for me, please?

Friend 2:  Sure but do be quick. I don't want to be carrying all your stuff forever.

Friend 1:  OK. Just hold my stuff for two minutes, please.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - hang on

Two friends are talking about a recent conference they attended ...

Friend 1:  Did you catch the keynote address?

Friend 2:  It was really good, absolutely fascinating.

Friend 1:  Most of the audience was hanging on every word the speaker said.

Friend 2:   A bomb could have gone off and nobody would have noticed.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - hang on

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Is Bob still a Green Party member?

Friend 2:  Yes, for about ten years now.

Friend 1:  Even though the party is ineffective and will never win an election?

Friend 2:  Bob just hangs on to his philosophy no matter what.


Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - hang on

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  This new job is really really difficult. I'm thinking about quitting.

Colleague 2:  I understand but sometimes there is a certain period of time that needs to pass and then it becomes easier.

Colleague 1:  So you think I should hang on for a while longer?

Colleague 2:  Yes. Perseverance is key!





to hang on - Usage:

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to hang on - Gerund Form:

Hanging on with patience when your spouse is late is a good idea.

Hanging on to your friends watch when he goes swimming is a nice gesture.

Hanging on the professor's every word is a sign that the lecture is very good.

Hanging on to your beliefs is important.

Hanging on when you want to quit shows character.



to hang on - Examples:

1)  What is less clear is whether the Democrats, who control the senate, will hang on to that majority in the 113th congress.

2)  And you thought humans were so special. # Hang on, though -- let's take a step back for a moment. 

3)  Hang on, it's an election year so who knows. 

4)  I am encouraged to hang on by these but at times I wonder for how long.

5)  Hang on a second.

6)  They expect him to just hang on for another four years and hopefully not screw it up too much

7)  The happy memories are the ones we should hang on to.

8)  Whatever you need to do to hang on, do it.

9)  Wait, hang on a second, Who's that? 

10)  But yes, it would be nice for you to hang on every word in utter awe of our genius.

11)  CA resident here hanging on lit kids are off to college.

12)  And there we would all stay, hanging on the words which would fall from my grandmother's lips.

13)  Maturity sure as hell isn't hanging on to the unrealistic mindset that human beings can be, or should try to ...

14)  There are over 4 million of us hanging on out here.

15)  Their competitors are barely hanging on.

16)  Our whole future hangs on whether the sum of those balance sheets can turn positive.

17)  You sound like one of those fools who hangs on every word MSNBC feeds you. 

18)  At precisely 9:50 a.m. she dismissed the class, which had hung on her every word.

19)  I hung on for an hour and talked to him about what was on my mind.

20)  We hung on to her every word. The time flew and before we knew it.