From King Dictionary of Contemporary English hang hang 1 / hæŋ / ●●● S1 W2 verb ( past tense and past participle hung / hʌŋ / ) 1 top part fastened a) [transitive always + adverb/preposition ] ( also hang up ) ATTACH to put something in a position so that the top part is fixed or supported, and the bottom part is free to move and does not touch the ground Philip hung his coat on a hook behind the door. She hung the sheets on the washing line. b) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition ] DOWN to be in a position where the top part is fixed or supported, and the bottom part is free to move and does not touch the ground An old-fashioned gas lamp hung from the ceiling. Her long hair hung loose about her shoulders. The shirt hung down almost to his ankles. 2 picture etc a) [transitive ] to fix a picture, photograph etc to a wall I wanted to hang the picture in the hall. b) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition ] ATTACH if a picture, photograph etc is hanging somewhere, it is fixed to a wall There was a family photograph hanging on the wall. c) be hung with something SHOW/LET somebody SEE something if the walls of a room are hung with pictures or decorations, the pictures etc are on the walls The entrance hall was hung with rich tapestries. 3 kill/be killed ( past tense and past participle hanged ) [intransitive, transitive ] SC KILL to kill someone by dropping them with a rope around their neck, or to die in this way, especially as a punishment for a serious crime be hanged for something He was hanged for murder. hang yourself Corey hanged himself in his prison cell. If he is found guilty, he will almost certainly hang. 4 paper [transitive ] DH to fasten attractive paper to a wall in order to decorate a room We spent the afternoon hanging wallpaper. 5 door [transitive ] ATTACH to fasten a door in position Hanging a door is quite a tricky job. 6 mist/smoke/smell [intransitive + adverb/preposition ] STAY/NOT LEAVE if something such as smoke hangs in the air, it stays in the air for a long time The smoke from the bonfires hung in the air. A thick mist hung over the town. 7 → hang open 8 → hang in the balance 9 → hang by a thread 10 → hang (on) in there 11 → hang your head 12 → hang fire 13 → leave something hanging in the air 14 → hang a right/left 15 [intransitive ] American English spoken to spend time somewhere, relaxing and enjoying yourself hang with We were just hanging with the dudes at Mike’s house. 16 → I’ll be hanged if 17 → hang it (all) 18 → hang something 19 → I/you might as well be hanged for a sheep as (for) a lamb → hang about → hang about with somebody → hang around/round (something) → hang around with somebody → hang back → hang on → hang on to something → hang out → hang over something/somebody → hang together → hang up → See Verb table Examples from the Corpus hang • A frame should complement the picture, but it may also relate to the room in which the painting hangs. • And how had Brampton been hanged? • We had the usual half-hour hanging about for Kerrison. • Most of the time we hang at my house. • Hold one end of the rope in your hand and let the other end hang down. • During the Civil War, Milligan hanged for treason. • In the corner of the room was a large lamp, hanging from the ceiling. • Meanwhile, with its future hanging in the balance, Fokker is starting to feel the pinch. • A small study for the painting hangs in the J. Paul Getty Museum. • Where do you think we should hang it? • He stood very still, his arms hanging loosely, his feet apart. • That work involved hanging more than 380 individual pieces. • The keys are hanging on a nail by the door. • Baker wants everyone to hang out and watch while at Scottsdale or on the road against National League teams... • A vast pink tongue was hanging out of the creature's mouth between a pair of the longest, sharpest teeth imaginable. • A picture of their parents hangs over the bedroom door. • When are we going to hang the lights on the Christmas tree, Mommy? • But he was hanging up her coat and appeared not to notice the edge on her voice. • The children are hanging up the decorations for the party. • Hang your coat on the hook. hang yourself • After 75 days of being brutalized and sexually assaulted by other inmates and ignored by the prison guards, Rodney hanged himself. • She brought up the subject of an inquest on a man who had hanged himself. • Then, alone in his dressing room, he cheerfully prepared a noose with which to hang himself. • No one used the cloakroom where Jarvis's grandfather had hanged himself and no grown-up person ever would. • He thought about hanging himself from the roof beam, but lacked the resolve. • Government reports assert that Captain Lorenzo hanged himself in his cell. • The official responsible for explaining this stance hanged himself the week before I read this book. • Like an amiable but daffy uncle, he repeatedly hangs himself with his own anecdotes. hang with • We saw Pamela hanging with Connie. hang hang 2 ●○○ noun → get the hang of something Examples from the Corpus hang • His great-grandson could have taken Paul by the hand and helped everyone get the hang ofit. • Floy had begun to get the hang of riding after a while. • He side-slipped neatly; he was getting the hang of the thing. • I've got the hang of it now. • I got out of the hang of it.