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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhang up
he/she/ithangs up
present participlehanging up
past tensehung up
past participlehung up

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to stop using a telephone at the end of a conversation
    Greg hung up and sat back in his chair.
    hang up on: “Get lost!” she shouted, and hung up on me.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to hang a piece of clothing on something
    The women hung up their coats and sat down.
  3. 3
    [transitive] informal to stop using something because you are no longer doing a particular sport or activity
    Nicola has decided it’s time to hang up her dancing shoes.
  4. 4
    get hung up informal to be delayed
    I’m sorry I’m late – I got hung up at the office.
  5. 5
    hang up your hat informal to leave your job, especially when you are old enough to stop working
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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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