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Phrasal Verbs

hang on (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb hang on (2)

British and Australian English INFORMAL

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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