hang fire

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

hang fire (third-person singular simple present hangs fire, present participle hanging fire, simple past and past participle hung fire)

  1. (figuratively) To wait or hold back.
    We were told to hang fire on the decision until management came back with a proposal.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 13
      “I’m just goin’ ter settle this little ——, that’s all,” said Dawes desperately.
      “What do you mean?” snapped Thomas Jordan.
      “What I say,” said Dawes, but he hung fire.

Noun[edit]

hang fire (plural hang fires)

  1. (firearms) the situation when a gun does not fire when the trigger is pulled, but may fire several seconds later.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • If the gun does not fire at all when triggered, the term misfire is normally used.