One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1in combination A person who hangs something.‘a wallpaper-hanger’
- ‘On the far left, the lead hanger runs the belt by pushing a lever with his knee and hangs the first shackle.’
- ‘Howard is equally delighted by her two wallpaper hangers, the Beswick brothers, Len and Stan.’
- ‘Decorators insist that you use their painters and wallpaper hangers, and that you buy from their show rooms.’
- ‘Only the absolute, most experienced hangers even have a chance at doing this job.’
- ‘In the slaughterhouse, what they would do is to lower each cage of chickens into one of these chambers before dumping them on the belt for the hangers to put in the shackles.’
2A shaped piece of wood, plastic, or metal with a hook at the top, from which clothes may be hung in order to keep them in shape.
- ‘There was a bloke with his bicycle, a bag, and - this threw me a bit - a plastic coat hanger.’
- ‘She moved quickly over to her closet where her uniform hung from a hanger.’
- ‘Buy some fresh new hangers, and hang all your skirts and pants.’
- ‘The loft was strewn with clothes; shirts were draped over the couch and loveseat while pants were hung with hangers on the kitchen table seats.’
- ‘Ideally trousers should be hung on hangers by the waist band, they will hold their shape a lot longer than left folded over a bar.’
- ‘There were several hangers, and Eve hung up the few good shirts that she had, and a couple of skirts.’
- ‘Seven white shirts and five skirts, three plaid and two gray, hung from hangers.’
- ‘A black leather mini-miniskirt hung from a nearby hanger, and it happened to be her size.’
- ‘Still, he calmly slipped out of his thick green jacket and hung it on the hanger closest to the air conditioner.’
- ‘Olivia hung up the phone and went to her closet, scanning the dresses that hung from the hangers.’
- ‘Girly, light clothing of every hue filled the shelves in the closet, hung on the hangers, and splashed still more color in the room.’
- ‘I went to the master bedroom and found his uniform still hanging on the steel hanger.’
- ‘Jim reached out for Blair's coat and hung it on the hanger behind the desk, then started to take his own off.’
- ‘White gloves that were studded with diamonds hung on the hanger beside it.’
- ‘Yeah, mine is separated into t-shirts and jeans, but I don't have complete outfits hanging from hangers!’
- ‘I believe that new, fantastic clothes should be instantly purchased, hemmed, and transported onto hangers in my closet.’
- ‘PC Flowers said that another method of stealing car or house keys was by pushing a coat hanger through letterboxes to hook keys off tables near the front doors.’
- ‘You just spray this on the night before and smooth away the wrinkles as it hangs on a hanger.’
- ‘Two hoodies hang on actual hangers in the closet.’
- ‘If the door was locked, a coat hanger or garden tool was usually used to try to hook the keys.’
A wood on the side of a steep hill.
Old English hangra, from hangian ‘hang’.
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