Definition of hang heavily (or heavy) in English:

hang heavily (or heavy)


  • (of time) pass slowly.

    ‘time that hung heavily on hands that were growing increasingly useless’
    • ‘Time hangs heavy on the spooky Buffalo restaurant.’
    • ‘When Sir Robert Walpole retired into private life, time hung heavy on his hands, and Horace exerted himself to amuse his father.’
    • ‘But Mother Agnes said she has never, in those sixty years, found time hanging heavily on her hands.’
    • ‘Sprinkle on toasted and chopped hazelnuts or walnuts if time hangs heavy.’
    • ‘Not only has the Secretary of State bought a new residence in Edinburgh, she has devised outrageously costly ways of passing the time that hangs heavily on her hands.’
    drag on, go on and on, plod on, pass slowly, move slowly, creep along, limp along, crawl, hang heavy, go at a snail's pace, wear on, go on too long
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