GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (with the emphasis on the preposition), to keep hold; to hold fast; to stick; to be persistent, as a disease.
“Lynn Williams is one big body who finds a way to hang on and impress throughout the tour and eventually earns himself a place on the television show, becoming Sabre.”
“Clancey had run in some old furniture from San Francisco—a couple of battered wing chairs and the love seat—Biddy, bless her inventive heart, had framed prints from Godey's Lady's Book to hang on the walls.”
“Waiters were passing pieces of pizza and Cipriani Bellinis as guests pretended to contemplate buying large-scale vintage reprints of maps, big egg chairs made of weather-worn wood, the kind of oars you apparently are supposed to hang on your wall now, and the kind of aged boat rope that you apparently are supposed to lay across your pretend-vintage wood coffee table.”
“As a friendly waitress led them to a table, William made an effort to look relaxed and self-confident, but with Trixie walking on tiptoe and Buddy staring at everything goggle-eyed, his cool, worldly-wise role was a little hard to hang on to.”
“Cara stumbled for-ward, just managing to hang on to her tray.”
“That meeting put William into a confident mood that he managed to hang on to all the way down Gardenia Street, and almost to Main.”
“I'm a thinkin that every man'll have to hang on his own hook, in them ar quarters.”
“Lots of Baby Boomers were fortyish and wanted to hang on to what was left of their youth and vitality.”
“This is a scalp that President Felipe Calderón wants to hang on his wall before he leaves office," said George Grayson, an expert on Mexican politics at the College of William and Mary.”
“Rope or no rope, the prospect of dangling in midair, several kilometers off the ground with only a finger-thin rope to hang on to terrified her.”
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