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[hang-uhp] /ˈhæŋˌʌp/
noun, Slang.
a preoccupation, fixation, or psychological block; complex:
His hang-up is trying to outdo his brother.
a source of annoying difficulty or burden; impediment; snag:
The most serious hang-up the project has is a shortage of funds.
a fixture, object, or decoration that can be affixed to a wall, ceiling, other objects, etc.:
He brightened up the room with flower baskets and other hang-ups.
Also, hangup.
1955-60; noun use of verb phrase hang up Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for hang-up

hang up

verb (adverb)
(transitive) to put on a hook, hanger, etc: please hang up your coat
to replace (a telephone receiver) on its cradle at the end of a conversation, often breaking a conversation off abruptly
(informal) (transitive; usually passive) usually foll by on. to cause to have an emotional or psychological preoccupation or problem: he's really hung up on his mother
noun (informal)
an emotional or psychological preoccupation or problem
a persistent cause of annoyance
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Slang definitions & phrases for hang-up


  1. A mental block; a psychological disturbance, fixation, or problem: ribald anecdotes concerning his hang-up on strong women
  2. Anything encumbering, frustrating, distressing, etc; an impediment: You couldn't carry around an amplifier and electric guitar and expect to survive, it was just too much of a hang-up/ The only hang-up we can see right now is that business of paying the doctors (1959+)

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