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hang on/upon sth

verb uk phrasal verb with hang   /hæŋ/ us  

(GIVE ATTENTION)

to give careful attention to something, especially something that someone says: He hangs on her every word as if she were some sort of goddess.

(DEPEND ON)

to depend on something: The safety of air travel hangs partly on the thoroughness of baggage checking.
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