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See also: hangup and hang up


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hang-up (plural hang-ups)

  1. (informal) An emotional difficulty or a psychological inhibition; a complex.
    • 2013, Nic Fleming, at BBC, Sex Lessons, British Style
      We’re said to have so many hang-ups that we don’t even talk about sex until we’re in the pub, and to need to be blind drunk before anything approaching physical contact occurs.
  2. An unforeseen obstacle to progress; a hitch. (Can we add an example for this sense?)