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hang over

Meaning: If you feel that you are facing a threat or a danger, we can say the threat or the danger hangs over you.

For example:

  • hang over sb/sth The threat of unemployment hangs over everyone in the company.

  • hang over sb/sth After a fire had destroyed the old church, a sense of loss hung over the town.

Quick Quiz:

The threat of illness hung over the city because
  1. a new hospital was being built
  2. doctors were increasing their fees
  3. the new virus was spreading quickly

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