hang out

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hang out

  1. Protrude downward, as in The dog's tongue was hanging out, or The branches hung out over the driveway. [c. 1400]

  2. Display a flag or sign of some kind, as in They hung out the flag on every holiday. [Mid-1500s]

  3. Reside, live, as in I've found a place downtown, and I'll be hanging out there beginning next week. [c. 1800]

  4. Spend one's free time in; also, loiter, pass time idly. For example, They hung out around the pool parlor, or They spent the evening just hanging out. [Slang; mid-1900s]

  5. hang out with. Keep company with, appear in public with, as in She's hanging out with her ex-boyfriend again. [Slang; second half of 1900s] Also see the subsequent idioms beginning with hang out; let it all hang out.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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