Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hang v.2

1. to be in difficulties; thus hanging, in great difficulties [sporting jargon hanging man, one who is facing great problems, usu. in the form of debts].

[UK]Sl. Dict. 187: Hanging, in difficulties. A man who is in great straits, and who is, therefore, prepared to do anything desperate to retrieve his fortunes, is said, among sporting men, to be ‘a man hanging’, i.e. a man to whom any change must be for the better.
[UK]Barrère & Leland Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant I 446/2: To hang (popular and sporting), to be in a desperate state.
[US]S. Crane Red Badge of Courage (1964) 96: Gosh-dern it! [...] you’re the hangdest man I ever saw!

2. (US) to impose upon, to blame, to make a criminal charge against [SE hang, to kill with a noose/hang, to put on a hook].

C. Fowler letter 10 Oct. in Tomlinson Rocky Mountain Sailor (1998) 150: One man may be doing his very best to keep out of trouble and another may be doing about as he pleases [...] and the former is just as liable to get hung for something of which he is not guilty as the latter is to receive his just reward .
[US]K. McGaffey Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. i: He’d better [...] hang the curfew on a few of those town romps.
[US]H.C. Witwer Classics in Sl. 16: We hang that she-devil Kate onto that poor boob Petruchio and what she’ll do to him will be a crime!
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 90/2: Hang. 1. To be convicted of a criminal charge. 2. To inform or testify against an accomplice. [...] 3. (With ‘on’) To indict and convict.
[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 27: Then when they bust me he takes the stand and hangs me.
[UK]G.F. Newman Sir, You Bastard 88: The firm’ll stick up some bodies [and] you’ll hang them.
[US]G.V. Higgins At End of Day (2001) 72: Means this time we hang the bastards, using their own words.

In phrases

hang on someone’s door (v.) [sense 2 above]

(UK prison) to place blame on someone.

[Ire]J. Phelan Tramp at Anchor 151: Nothing could be ‘hung on my door’ — blamed on me.
hang something on (v.)

1. (US) to bring a charge against a criminal, whether justified or not, to allot blame; often as hang one on.

[US]B. Cormack Racket Act II: They can’t hang this on you!
[US]R. Whitfield Green Ice (1988) 34: Maybe they’ll try to hang the Dot kill on me yet.
[US]F.S. Fitzgerald ‘No Harm Trying’ in Pat Hobby Stories (1967) 119: They weren’t trying to hang anything on him.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 16: No one can hang anything on you for carrying US currency.
[US]J. Hersey Algiers Motel Incident 307: They were trying to hang these murders on me.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 22: I wasn’t thinking about hanging no morals rap on him.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hot-Prowl Rape-O’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 313: I’m a note man and a breather. That’s my twenty-year M.O. Don’t try to hang no other shit on me.

2. to name.

[US]M. Walker in Heller In This Corner (1974) 76: He gave me that title [i.e. ‘The Toy Bulldog’] and it was one of the greatest titles ever hung on anybody in the ring.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

hangaround (n.) (also hanger-around) [SE hang around, to loiter]

an aimless person, a loiterer.

[US]S. Bailey Ups and Downs of a Crook’s Life 10: Mickey was one of the Tombs court ‘hangers-around,’ a sort of snide, who pretended to have a political pull [...] for getting people discharged.
[US]M. Levin Reporter 181: Paul was a hang-around [...] he just liked to drift through the days.
hang dog (adj.) [? US phr. till the last dog is hung, till everything is used up]

(W.I.) plentiful.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
hang-house (n.)

(UK prison) the room or building that holds the gallows.

[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 291: It was the last thing a bloke saw as ’e went out towards the ’ang-’ouse.
hang-low (n.)

see separate entry.

hangman (n.)

see separate entry.

hang-on (n.) [SE hang on, to wait]

(US) an idler.

[US]H. Ellison ‘The Man with the Golden Tongue’ in Deadly Streets (1983) 74: Neighborhood hang-ons who were minding their own business.

In phrases

hang a pin (v.)

see under pin n.

hang five (v.)

(US black) to denigrate, to treat badly.

[US]‘SWAP Dict. Teen-age Sl’ in Ebony Mar. 98/2: Hang five: downgrade someone — as ‘Be careful of her, she’ll hang five on you’.
hang in

see separate entries.

hang in the bellropes (v.)

to postpone marriage even after the banns have been read in church.

[UK] in N&Q 3rd Ser. XII 91: The writer, in speaking of his intended marriage, says —‘So what so long has been hanging in the bell-ropes will at last be brought to a happy period’.
hang in the hedge (v.)

to be undecided, usu. of a lawsuit.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: It hangs in the Hedge, of a Law-suit or any thing else Depending, Undetermined.
hang it on (v.)

see separate entries.

hang it out (v.)

see separate entries.

hang it up (v.)

see separate entries.

hang one’s ass/fanny out (v.)

see under ass n.

hang oneself out (v.) [the image of hanging out over a long drop]

(US black) to take a risk.

[US]L. Bing Do or Die (1992) 6: You wondered [...] how many of the kids on either side of you were going to hang themselves out in the name of reputation.
hang one’s face up (v.)

to drink on credit.

[US]Whip and Satirist of N.Y. & Brooklyn 3/3: A young man [visited] Pinteux’s, and hanging up his face for drinks for the party, when he had but a pewter quarter in his possession.
[Ire]E.L. Sloan ‘Mrs. Sleek’ in Bard’s Offering 70: He strove, but in vain, for to hang his face up*: / But Mrs. Sleek upon no terms would stand it— (*A slang phrase for getting drink on credit).
hang one’s hat (v.)

1. to make a commitment towards, to rely on.

[US]A.A. Hayes New Colorado 118: Why that’s my preacher. I hang my hat on him every time.
[US](con. 1917–18) C. MacArthur War Bugs 193: Still more Americanos boiled up to the front line and hung up their hats.
[UK]L. MacNeice ‘Bagpipe Music’ in Coll. Poems (1967) 97: It’s no go the Government grant, it’s no go the elections, / Sit on your arse for fifty years and hang your hat on a pension.
[US]M. Spillane One Lonely Night 59: I’ve never known you to hang your hat on anything but murder.

2. (also hang one’s socks, hang up one’s hat) to live, to stay.

[Aus]J. Furphy Such is Life 231: Better hang your socks on Nosey Alf’s crook to-night.
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 34: I know you’re interested in getting a house, not merely a place where you hang up the old bonnet but a love-nest for the wife and kiddies.
[US]R. Chandler ‘Nevada Gas’ in Spanish Blood (1946) 148: Where does he hang his hat?
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 77: Me? I can hang my hat in any ole land.
[UK]G.F. Newman Sir, You Bastard 86: Where the nepotic Jack and bright-eyed Benny hung their hats.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 53: Mark loved to save a buck and the attorneys he worked for didn’t care where he hung his hat.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) Décharné Straight from the Fridge Dad.
hang one’s hat up (v.)

to become engaged; thus hang one’s hat up to, to propose to a woman; hanging one’s hat up, engaged.

[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 20 Mar. 4/6: Adelaide B is trying to hang her hat up to Joe A. No good, Ad., he is booked .
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Stone the Crows’ in Rose of Spadgers 121: I’d ’arf a mind / To ’ave a shave an’ ’ang me ’at up there.
[Aus]D. Stivens Scholarly Mouse and other Tales 64: Has your boss a wife, bud? [...] You could make him mad if you hung your hat up there.
hang one’s latchpan (v.) [SE latchpan, a pan to catch the drippings from roasting meat. In this context the ‘drippings’ are presumably tears]

to look miserable; to pout.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
hang one up (v.)

(UK prison) to make a ‘dirty protest’, i.e. to smear one’s body and cell with one’s excrement.

[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 155: ‘Hanging one up’ is prison slang for going on a dirty protest [...] covering your cell and, in many cases, yourself in your own shit.
hang on someone’s bra strap (v.)

(US black) of a woman, to impose upon or bother another woman.

‘What Artist do you want to see in Charleston’ posting 23 Dec. on RawDoggEntertainment 🌐 What I do, or the names that I have been given are irrelevant. I have enough trouble trying to hold up my 38 D’s, I do not need you hanging on my bra strap too.
hang out

see separate entries.

hang someone out to dry (v.) (also hang someone up to dry, hang someone on a line)

(orig. US) to treat someone particularly harshly; to make an example of someone.

[US]Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 8 Oct. n.p.: We know a thing or two, and might ‘hang you up to dry’.
[US]M. Levin Reporter 101: The court [...] decreed that her thrice-burned soul should be hung up to dry on the ramparts.
[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 239: He was strung out. Up tight, up tight. They hung him out to dry and he puked us both up.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 157: There are a few people who like to hang your ass up to dry.
[US](con. 1949) J.G. Dunne True Confessions (1979) 96: We got the mayor here, and the chief [...] they want to hang you out to dry, get their names in the paper.
L. Roberts Full Cleveland 194: It was me that had to split before I got hung out to dry [HDAS].
[Aus]S. Maloney Big Ask 288: Ange’s allies on the public office selection committee had hung him out to dry.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘The Detail’ Wire ser. 1 ep. 2 [TV script] I didn’t think you were going to straight up hang me out on a line in a shitstorm.
[US]Codella and Bennett Alphaville (2011) 238: You’ll do something that the department can’t ignore and they will hang you out to dry [...] You don’t need that bullshit.
[Aus]C. Hammer Scrublands [ebook] Snouch will take him to the cleaners and the Herald will hang him out to dry.
hang the moon (v.) [only someone very important, e.g. God, could have hung the moon in the sky]

(US) to be very important; thus think one hung the moon, to think very highly of oneself.

[US]Randolph & Wilson Down in the Holler 250: Lucy thinks that fool boy of hern is God’s own cousin! She thinks he hung the moon!
[US]P. Highsmith Boy Who Followed Ripley (1981) 316: I’m sure Frank would. He thinks you hung the moon, Tom.
hang up

see separate entries.

In exclamations

hang about!

see separate entry.

hang five!

(Aus.) wait a moment!

[Aus]Smith & Noble Neddy (1998) 285: I started to walk out the front when my mate grabbed my arm. ‘Hang five there, Ned. Look over there. See those big young guys standing waiting there?’.
hang it in your ear!

(US campus) don’t bother! forget it!

[US]Current Sl. I:4.
CBer’s Handy Atlas/Dictionary 28/1: hang it (in your ear) - Used as an acceptable epithet, meaning essentially ‘go jump in the lake.’.
hang it on your ass!

(US) an excl. of contempt, often accompanied by a gesture, the right forefinger is hooked over the left thumb, which is making a circle with the left forefinger.

[US]Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore I 236: Authentic Colorado police ‘Eleven Code,’ for Citizen Band broadcast messages [...] 11-21 Hang it on your ass.