See also: hangon
- (idiomatic) To wait a moment (usually imperative).
Hang on. Let me check.
- To hold, grasp, or grip.
Hang on to the handle so you don't drop it.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern. Then, for a jiffy, I hung on and fought for breath.
- (idiomatic) To keep; to store something for someone
Hang on to my jacket until I get back.
- (idiomatic) To pay close attention.
The audience hangs on his every word.
- (idiomatic) To continually believe in something; to have faith in.
He's got a philosophy he hangs on to.
- (idiomatic) To persevere.
Just hang on and keep going; this pain won't last forever.
- 1972 : Perfect Day by Lou Reed
- It's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spend it with you
- Such a perfect day you just keep me hanging on
- You just keep me hanging on
wait a minute
to hold, grasp, or grip
to keep; to store something for someone
continually believe in something