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phrasal verb British informal
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhang about
he/she/ithangs about
present participlehanging about
past tensehung about
past participlehung about
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] same as hang1
    Groups of youths hung about street corners.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] same as hang1
    We’d better not hang about: it’s ten o’clock already.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] [always in imperative] used for saying that you disagree with what someone is saying or doing or that you want them to listen to you
    Hang about! That’s not what I meant at all.
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