Definition of hang out in English:

hang out

phrasal verb

  • 1(of washing) hang from a clothes line to dry:

    ‘the inhabitants fled with such haste that their washing is still hanging out’
    • ‘If people had their clothes hung out they would get steeped in the pervading smell of whatever was for dinner.’
    • ‘There are little balconies all along the houses with clothes hanging out to dry - it's mad to see that people are actually living there.’
    • ‘Acid smuts had damaged clothing hung out to dry in his garden and the paintwork of the plaintiff's car parked in the highway.’
    • ‘I caught glimpses of the atriums those passageways opened onto, often with gardens, maybe statues, washing hanging out to dry.’
    • ‘Clean clothes were hanging out on washing lines in the gardens of houses.’
    • ‘My apartment is a mess, I'm a mess, all my clothes are wet and hung out to dry and it's been drizzling steadily all day.’
    • ‘They all provide shade, permit natural ventilation, and conceal air conditioning and washing hung out to dry.’
    • ‘Figures dozed on the dirty floor as clothes hung out to dry.’
    • ‘It was believed to have been started by an overheated stovepipe igniting some clothes that were hanging out to dry in an upper room in the attic.’
    • ‘Clothes were hanging out to dry on the homely wires strung across the higher parts of the alley.’
  • 2Protrude and hang loosely downwards:

    ‘chaps in jeans with their shirts hanging out’
    • ‘Clothes were everywhere, the dressers were half opened with clothes hanging out.’
    • ‘One day, it got stuck to my back and was hanging out the top of my pants.’
    • ‘He stood there, shirt hanging out, one hand holding a fag, the other sweeping the air as he described the fall of each wicket.’
    • ‘His bright yellow t-shirt stuck to his frame with sweat and was hanging out over his fading jeans.’
    • ‘We thought it was funny as well, the way he stood there with his tongue hanging out like an idiot, crackling away.’
    • ‘He wore a light grey shirt, loosely hanging out and a pair of dark denim jeans.’
    stick out, jut, jut out, poke out, project, stand out, come through, peek, poke, stick up, hang out, extend, obtrude
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    1. 2.1hang out of Lean out of:
      ‘he was found after the collision hanging out of the defendant's car’
      • ‘Cathy hangs out of one of the car's blackened windows and waves graciously.’
      • ‘The man, in his early 20s, was hanging out of a bedroom window of his third-floor flat trying to eradicate the nest in the roof eves.’
      • ‘I walked down Quay Street one day and there were youths hanging out of the windows and running in and out of the building.’
      • ‘A tall man was hanging out of the open door of the bus checking that the bus was free to move.’
      • ‘A burglar was caught in the act when his victim came home and found him hanging out of his bedroom window.’
      • ‘Later she saw the man hanging out of a bedroom window talking to police.’
      • ‘Scores of office workers hung out of windows to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister as he arrived.’
      • ‘People were hanging out of buildings and standing on top of cars just to try to get a look.’
      • ‘Ian saw the road passing rapidly underneath him as he hung out of the car.’
      • ‘Soldiers with automatic rifles hung out of the windows waving us angrily aside.’
  • 3informal Spend time relaxing or enjoying oneself:

    ‘musicians hang out with their own kind’
    • ‘Just a short time ago your teen's biggest concern might have been hanging out with her friends and wondering what clothes to wear.’
    • ‘You live in a mansion, dress in the most expensive clothes, and hang out with the most popular people.’
    • ‘I went and hung out in an internet café until I could stand without wobbling.’
    • ‘We're going spend two days just relaxing and hanging out in quiet and privacy.’
    • ‘We did class projects together in Spanish and even hung out after school every now and then.’
    • ‘She makes me laugh and I really enjoy hanging out with her.’
    • ‘The rest of the day flew by, as the four of us just hung out, talked, relaxed.’
    • ‘Then again, what you really should be doing is hanging out outside and enjoying the weather.’
    • ‘Most of the journalists spend the day hanging out by the pool, in the airport central courtyard.’
    • ‘With the Easter holidays just underway, school children are looking forward to two weeks of late morning lie-ins and afternoons spent hanging out with their friends.’
    associate, mix, go around, keep company, spend time, mingle, socialize, fraternize, consort, rub shoulders
    rub elbows
    hang around, run around, knock about, knock around, be thick, hobnob
    hang about
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  • 4Australian NZ Resist or survive in difficult circumstances; hold out.

    • ‘If you love him and he treats you right when your together, hang it out a bit longer.’
    • ‘Okay, I’ll hang it out for a while but if this goes on much longer I’m out of here’
    1. 4.1hang out for Desire strongly; crave.
      • ‘No, it's the post-operative recovery that I'm hanging out for.’
      • ‘Every morning I wake up vowing I won't drink again, but then by midday I'm hanging out for just a sip of something!’
      • ‘How many desperate people are holding their breath, postponing their lives, hanging out for the day when super-science gives them back their spine, their limbs, their eyes, their brain cells, their life?’
      • ‘There's an invitation I've been hanging out for.’
      • ‘But that's small change compared to former CEO Paul Batchelor, who's rumoured to be hanging out for $20 million.’