Meaning of “hang up” in the English Dictionary

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"hang up" in British English

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hang-upnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhæŋ.ʌp/ us /ˈhæŋ.ʌp/ informal

a permanent and unreasonable feeling of anxiety about a particular feature of yourself:

sexual hang-ups
He's one of these men who went bald very young and has a terrible hang-up about it.

(Definition of “hang up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hang up" in American English

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hang up

phrasal verb with hang us /hæŋ/ verb past tense and past participle hung /hʌŋ/

(TELEPHONE)

to end a telephone conversation by ending the connection:

Don’t hang up – there’s something else I want to say.
She hung up on me (= suddenly ended the connection between us) in the middle of a sentence.

hang-upnoun [ C ]

us /ˈhæŋ·ʌp/ infml

a problem that causes a delay:

The doctor never got back to me with the test results – I guess there was some hang-up over the weekend.

A hang-up is also a feeling of anxiety:

Everyone has their hang-up.

(Definition of “hang up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)