Hang up – English Phrasal Verbs – Online English Lessons

1. To hang up something (or hang something up) means to hang something, especially clothes, on a hanger or hook.

Examples of use:
a) Your grandmother is coming to visit today, so don’t forget to hang up your clothes when you tidy your room.

b) Could you hang my coat up, please?

2. Hang up also means to end a telephone conversation, especially suddenly or unexpectedly.

If you hang up you replace the part of the telephone you speak into back onto its normal place on the telephone – however, we also use this expression when referring to ending conversations on mobile phones.

Examples of use:
a) Don’t hang up on me, I haven’t finished arguing with you!

b) Don’t buy anything from that company: the lady from their customer service department hung up on me last week.

3. To be hung up is to be very anxious about something and to spend a lot of time thinking about it.

Informal English.

Examples of use:

a) Many women are hung up about their weight.

b) There’s no point getting hung up about it; there’s nothing you can do.

4. A hang-up (noun, informal) is something that a person worries about a lot, or is afraid of.

Examples of use:
a) She has a real hang-up about being seen without her make-up on.

b) He doesn’t have any hang-ups.

hang up
present simple
hang up and hangs up
-ing form
hanging up
past simple
hung up
past participle
hung up

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