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"hang on" in British English

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hang on

phrasal verb with hang uk   us   /hæŋ/ verb
  • (WAIT)

B1 informal to ​wait for a ​shorttime: Sally's on the other ​phone - would you like to ​hang on? Do you need the ​toiletright now or can you ​hang on for a while? Hang on a ​minute - I'll be with you in a ​moment!

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  • (HOLD)

to ​hold or ​continueholding onto something: Hang on tight - it's going to be a very ​bumpyride.
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(Definition of hang on from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hang on" in American English

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hang on

phrasal verb with hang  us   /hæŋ/ verb (past tense and past participle hung  /hʌŋ/ )
  • (HOLD)

to ​hold or ​continueholding onto something: He was ​driving so ​fast I had to hang on ​tightwhenever he ​turned.

hang on

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phrasal verb with hang  us   /hæŋ/ verb (past tense and past participle hung  /hʌŋ/ )
  • (WAIT)

to ​wait: Hang on – I’ll be with you in a ​minute!
(Definition of hang on from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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