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phrasal verb [transitive] informal
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhang onto
he/she/ithangs onto
present participlehanging onto
past tensehung onto
past participlehung onto
  1. hang onto something to keep something

    She still hung onto her wedding ring, even after the divorce.

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