Definition of “hang on” - English Dictionary

“hang on” in British English

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hang on

phrasal verb with hang uk /hæŋ/ us /hæŋ/ verb

(WAIT)

B1 informal to wait for a short time:

Sally's on the other phone - would you like to hang on?
Do you need the toilet right now or can you hang on for a while?
Hang on a minute - I'll be with you in a moment!

More examples

  • If Elise would just hang on a little longer she'd certainly get the promotion.
  • Hang on a moment, I'll just go and get my diary.
  • He always keeps us hanging on while he tries to find his keys.
  • You'll have to hang on for a while if you want to see Steve. He's just gone out.
  • Hang on a minute! That's not right.

(HOLD)

to hold or continue holding onto something:

Hang on tight - it's going to be a very bumpy ride.
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More examples

  • Quick, get the ladder up to him - he says he can't hang on much longer!
  • It was great, hanging on at the back of the bike as we sped along the country lanes.
  • He slipped and was left hanging on to the rope by his hands and one foot, high above the crowd.
  • The climber hung on to the ledge, praying for rescue.
  • Here, you hang on to this end, while I try pushing from the other end.

(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 continue holding onto something:

He was driving so fast I had to hang on tight whenever he turned.

hang on

infml
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)