English expressions and idioms with ‘hang’

We saw what a hung parliament was yesterday on the World of Words and that started me thinking of more English expressions and idioms with ‘hang’. Here are my favourites:

to get the hang of something
Meaning: to become competent at a new skill
Example: I’ve been learning English for a year and I’m getting the hang of it now.

to hang out
Meaning: to spend time in a place, usually with friends
Example: I like to hang out at the mall with my friends every weekend.

to leave someone hanging
Meaning: to make someone wait for an answer
Example: The visa agency have left me hanging for two weeks so I’m still not sure if I will be able to visit you.

to hang up (a telephone)
Meaning: to end a phone call
Example: I’d better hang up now because I need to get on with some work.

a hangover
Meaning: when you feel sick the day after drinking too much alcohol
Example: I don’t want to go to work today because I have a terrible hangover.

to hang fire
Meaning: to wait before doing something
Example: Let’s hang fire on this project until we have more information.

Today’s image is by Lars Sundstrom.