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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.

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  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
    hang up your hat informal to leave your job, especially when you are old enough to stop working
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