from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To wait a moment (usually imperative).
  • v. To hold, grasp, or grip.
  • v. To keep; to store something for someone
  • v. To pay close attention.
  • v. To continually believe in something; to have faith in.
  • v. To persevere.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fix to; attach
  • v. hold the phone line open
  • v. be persistent, refuse to stop


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  • I think if you have a few staplesa good husband, the perfect little black or red or fuchsia dress, and a great haircut, you should hang on to them for dear life, and ignore the urge to try something new.


  • 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.


  • Cara stumbled for-ward, just managing to hang on to her tray.


  • We made sure the boat was stocked with plenty of toys for all levels, from show-offs (a wake board) to spazzes (that blow-up thing anyone can hang on to), and brought our own cushions to dress up the speedboat a touch, and waterproof cameras to capture the spills and thrills.

    The Swell Dressed Party

  • 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.

    William S. And The Great Escape

  • Stuart consequently divided his forces again: Gordon must hang on the rear of the enemy; Fitz Lee with Lomax and Wickham must move by way of Hanover Junction and get across Sheridan's path.


  • Lots of Baby Boomers were fortyish and wanted to hang on to what was left of their youth and vitality.

    Roseanne Archy

  • "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.

    Mexican Politician Detained on Gun Charges

  • 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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