General English

  • noun a worry or anxious feeling
  • phrasal verb
    (written as hang up)
    to put something on a hanger or on a hook


  • phrasal verb
    (written as hang up)
    to stop a telephone conversation by putting the telephone back on its hook

Information & Library Science

  • verb
    (written as hang up)
    to end a phone call by putting the receiver down


  • noun a neurosis, obsession. From the image of being hung on a hook. This beatnik term was seized upon by the hippies to describe the concerns of the straight world. Unlike many contemporary terms, hang-up has not dated significantly and is still in use today.