Hang Tough

Meaning of Idiom ‘Hang Tough’ To hang tough means to refuse to change one’s position or actions on something; to remain inflexible or maintain one’s resolve. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Examples Of … Read more

Hang One’s Head

Also: Hang one’s head in shame Meaning of Idiom ‘Hang One’s Head’ To hang (your, his, her) head means to express shame, contrition, or embarrassment; to appear embarrassed or ashamed. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Examples Of Use “Nobody should be … Read more

Hang On (or hang on to)

Also: Hang on to your hat Meaning of Idiom Hang On or Hang on to Hang on, when used alone can mean to persevere. When used this way it is similar to “hang in there.” Hang on can also mean to keep something. When used with this meaning, the object being kept is named, necessitating the … Read more

Hang Fire

This rarely heard idiom has existed since the early 1800’s. Meaning As an idiom, to hangfire (or hang fire) means to delay an action or to be delayed in an accomplishment or action; to come to no distinct result; to fail to achieve an expected result. Origin The literal meaning of hangfire or hang-fire comes … Read more