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hang vb 1 Hang, suspend, sling, dangle mean to place or be placed so as to be supported at one point or on one side, usually a point or side at the top.
Hang typically implies a fastening to an elevated point or line so as to allow motion to what falls from such a point or line
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hang the washing on a line

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hundreds of plums hang from the tree's branches

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hang curtains

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carcasses of lamb were hung in the butcher's window

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hang out a flag from a window

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In extended use hang often implies a position or a relation suggestive of hanging, such as that of something poised or seemingly poised in the air
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a dim, oblong patch of light hanging slantwise in the darkness— O'Flaherty

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just above its [the poplar's] pointed tip, hung the hollow, silver winter moon— Cather

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or of one thing dependent upon another
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a good deal . . . hangs on the meaning . . . of this short word— T. S. Eliot

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or of something clinging or adhering to something else
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she hangs on his arm

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thereby hangs a tale— Shak.

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most heavily remorse hangs at my heart!— Shelley

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Suspend is preferred to hang (or hung) when support from a point above suggests flexibility, free motion or movement, or a display of skill
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hams, tongues, and flitches of bacon were suspended from the ceiling— Irving

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others [of the rebels] were suspended from the boughs of the oak— Keightley

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Suspend is also employed more often than hang when a floating in a fluid (as air or water) is suggested (see SUSPENDED)
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wasplike flies barred with yellow suspended themselves in the air— Jefferiesy

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Sling basically implies the use of a sling for hoisting or lowering heavy or bulky articles with ease. Sometimes the term implies a hanging over the shoulder, or arm, or similar support (as for ease in carrying)
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slung a basket on her arm

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sling a scaffold from a roof

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Dangle implies a hanging loosely in such a manner as to swing or sway or twist to and fro
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dangled his cane from a finger

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the children sat on the high wall, their legs dangling

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for all might see the bottlenecks still dangling at his waist— Cowper

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In extended use dangle usually implies dependence on someone, often a loose dependence or connection, in hope of a reward for attentions or services
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she keeps several suitors dangling

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dangling to them the lures of levity and life— Beerbohm

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Analogous words: *stick, adhere, cling: hover (see FLIT)
2 *depend, hinge,turn

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