Definition of hang something up in English:

hang something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Hang something on a hook.

    ‘Jamie hung up our jackets’
    • ‘I slipped out of my dress and hung it up on a hook attached to the back of the door.’
    • ‘She unzipped her pale blue jacket and hung it up on one of the coat hooks by the door.’
    • ‘He dragged out a punching bag and hung it up on a hook in the corner.’
    • ‘I just followed the others through the front door and hung my backpack up on a hook.’
    • ‘Maura always hung her clothes up at the end of the day.’
    • ‘The girl peered around the dormitory and hung her clothes up in a closet that she shared with the other girl.’
    • ‘Tessa and John hung their jackets up in the hall closet and then came and sat down with us.’
    • ‘I hung my jacket up and walked happily upstairs to my bedroom.’
    • ‘‘Nice house,’ Rick commented, unzipping his jacket and slowly hanging it up on the coat rack propped up next to the door.’
    • ‘Sunday was spent in similar vein, except that it involved me reorganising the shed, and then installing a set of hooks in the shed to hang the bikes up.’
    1. 1.1informal Cease or retire from the activity associated with the garment or object specified.
      ‘the midfielder has finally decided to hang up his boots’
      • ‘But arguably, for the club's sake, he should have hung his boots up a few seasons ago.’
      • ‘But he is not ruling out a possible U-turn by the player - however unlikely it may seem - until the Icelandic international finally hangs up his boots.’
      • ‘Nick is looking forward to a great day and will probably hang his boots up after the match.’
      • ‘Serena has been studying fashion in Florida for some time now, and hopes to become a full-time designer when she hangs up her racket.’
      • ‘John Hampshire, incidentally, hangs up his umpire's coat at the end of the season and he officiated at a Yorkshire match for the last time last weekend.’
      • ‘She has many more years of cutting, colouring and styling before she hangs up her scissors.’
      • ‘Traffic warden Gerald Shaw hangs up his fluorescent coat for the last time today after 16-and-a-half years of duty in the town.’
      • ‘A lollipop lady is finally hanging up her stick after 32 years of helping children to cross the road.’
      • ‘This week really marks the end of an era for us here at the station because one of our great friends and colleagues, John Duggan, hangs up the microphone after almost seventeen years.’
      • ‘He hangs up his badge and his handcuffs tomorrow after 36 years on the force.’