hang onto

This page is about the phrasal verb hang onto.

Meaning: If you hang onto something, you keep it instead of throwing it away, giving it away, or selling it.

Synonym: keep

For example:

  • hang onto sth You should hang onto those posters - they'll be worth a lot of money in a few years.

  • hang onto sth I wish I'd hung onto my Goldimax shares. They're worth a fortune now.

Quick Quiz:

I'm going to hang onto this dinner set. I've decided not to

a. sell it

b. keep it

c. use it

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Contributor: Matt Errey