hang-up

hang-up

[hang-uhp]
noun Slang.
1.
a preoccupation, fixation, or psychological block; complex: His hang-up is trying to outdo his brother.
2.
a source of annoying difficulty or burden; impediment; snag: The most serious hang-up the project has is a shortage of funds.
3.
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.


Origin:
1955–60; noun use of verb phrase hang up

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