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phrasal verb British informal
Word Forms
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
  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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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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