1. (US) to behave, usu. in combs., e.g. hang loose v.; hang tough v.
|Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum XXI n.p.: I went to hang smile in front of me, But weeps were in my glimmers when I tried.|
|(con. 1940s) Do Not Go Gentle (1962) 210: Hang easy, buddy.|
|Skin Tight 14: You want me to hang close today?|
|(con. 1985–90) In Search of Respect 43: I saw the way you was hanging; and I got to know you better.|
2. to endure, to suffer, to handle pressure.
|Campus Sl. Spring 3: hang – to last, to keep going, especially when drinking, smoking marijuana, or partying hard: He can’t hang.|
|Straight Outta Compton 65: ‘How you been, Dopehead?’ [...] ‘I’m hangin’’.|
3. to leave someone waiting.
|Life and Times of Little Richard 129: He let me hang for a couple of minutes; then he said, ‘That’s Maurice James’.|
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(US) to sit, to wait, esp. under pressure.
|Buckaroo’s Code (1948) 13: If you want to hang tight and get a dose of hot lead, it’s your business.|
|Going After Cacciato (1980) 70: Hang tight and we’ll have you out of here, pronto.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 126: Hang tight, here they come with a fist full of soft.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 189: He’d warned me to hang tight with my homies to keep hassles away.|
|Power to the People 79: ‘Hang tight.’ ‘I’m hanging. . . don’t know how tight but I’m hanging.’.|
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1. (US) to associate with, to spend time with.
|Tobacco Road (1958) 27: Lov’s wanting to hang up with Ellie May.|
|Golden Spike 144: I can hang with anyone, no matter what they do, but that doesn’t make me the same as them.|
|Howard Street 100: He’d known that Jimmy was hanging with a gang.|
|Stand (1990) 251: Vince had been one of them, [...] someone they hung with.|
|(con. 1964–73) Bloods (1985) 4: There was only two black guys in my platoon [...] So I hung with the Mexicans.|
|‘Bitches Ain’t Shit’ [lyrics] But she was hangin’ with a white bitch doin’ the shit she do.|
|Brooklyn Noir 309: I got to hang with them as I had a rep for armed robbery.‘Fade To . . . Brooklyn’ in|
|Viva La Madness 18: It was good to hang with Mort in the Caribbean.|
|Star (Jamaica) 1 Sept. [Internet] Your boyfriend gave you a key which meant yu could ‘show up’ [...] without announcing your intention to come and hang with him.|
2. (US) to handle a situation, to endure.
|Campus Sl. Nov. 3: hang – to be able to cope with a situation: I can’t hang with partying all night.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 3: hang – make it, endure, put up with, settle for.|
|Pugilist at Rest 219: ‘I can hang with anybody.’ ‘You can hang with the big guy?’ ‘I can hang with anybody!’.|
|Da Bomb Summer Supplement 7: Hang with (v.) To do as well as or better than someone at something.|
(US black) what do you think?
|Queens View Affair Bk II Act VII [Internet] Perhaps Alice could be an acrobat, and Clint a strongman act, Chastity a Clown and the Colonel could do the human cannon ball? How does that hang with everybody?|
(US) take it easy!
|AS XXIX 97: See you later. Hang it easy!|
|Do Not Go Gentle 199: Hang easy, buddy [HDAS].|