Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hang v.3

1. to loiter, to stand around aimlessly, to relax.

[US]W.R. Burnett Little Caesar (1932) 21: How come you hang after Rico?
[US]A.J. Liebling ‘The Jollity Building’ in Telephone Booth Indian (2004) 37: To hang, in Indian language, means to loiter. ‘I used to hang in Forty-sixth Street, in front of Variety.’.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 152: This is gettin’ to be a good play to hang away from.
[UK]J. Colebrook Cross of Lassitude 243: ‘Where d’you hang?’ ‘Oh, Perry’s, or The Palace, or at my girl-friend Margie’s.’.
[Aus]Lette & Carey Puberty Blues 4: We just started hanging at North Cronulla.
[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 105: When word gets out on the street that a particular place is dangerous, that only the toughest can ‘hang’ there, it becomes the ‘in’ place.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 33: We had a ball. We were hanging.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 111: She wanted to spend the day hanging at the circle.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] ‘Just hanging at home all day’.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Grave Doubt’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 83: They know the shooter [...] He hangs near their pad.
[Aus]D. McDonald Luck in the Greater West (2008) 35: Anyway, next time we hang, he said to bring you.
[UK]K. Richards Life 33: You could hang there all weekend.
[US]K. Shea ‘Having Chiqui’ in ThugLit July-Aug. [ebook] [T]hey could hang down in Philly with Luis’s cousin.
[UK]M. Herron Joe Country [ebook] Stopping for a drink, huh? Hanging with your mates?
[US]D. Winslow ‘Crime 101’ in Broken 99: ‘Says he’s got a guy hanging outside who’s wrong’.

2. to inhabit, to live.

[US]W.D. Myers Slam! 132: I cut toward where he hung. All the time I’m walking down to his crib I’m thinking how I know I should talk to him.
[US]P. Cornwell Point of Origin (1999) 191: This is the sort of neighborhood she would hang in.
[US]W.D. Myers Autobiog. of My Dead Brother 102: [I]f all you’re going to do is hang in the hood, [school] don’t mean nothing.

In compounds

In phrases

hangin’, bangin’ and slangin’ [bang v.1 (1) + slang v.3 (1)]

(US black gang) a phr. used to describe the gangsta n. lifestyle: associating with one’s friends and fellow gangsters, fighting with other gangs and selling drugs.

[US]L.A. Times 29 Feb. 24/4: A coimmon description olf the three gang pastimes is ‘Hangin’, bangin’ and slangin’.’ [...] spending time on the streets, fighting other gangs and selling (or ‘slinging’) narcotics.
[US]L. Bing Do or Die (1992) 97: I ask if she was a homegirl at one time. She smiles at the qustion. ‘Yeah, sure I was. [...] I was hangin’, bangin’ and slangin’ with the best of ’em.’.