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hang on (2)

British and Australian English INFORMAL
This page is about the phrasal verb hang on (2).

Meaning: If someone tells you to hang on, they want you to wait for a moment.

Synonym: hang about (British), wait

For example:

  • hang on Hang on a moment while I answer this call.

  • hang on Let's hang on for a bit and see what else happens.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Paula told me to "hang on". She wanted me to

a. finish my phone call

b. do something faster

c. wait a moment

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