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hang heavy

1. To be suspended in air in significant amounts. Smoke hung heavy in the air of the cocktail lounge.
2. Of something negative, to linger or continue to be apparent in a way that is unpleasant or oppressive. This usage usually refers to something intangible, such as a quality or feeling. Tension hung heavy in the air after Kiki made her accusation.
3. To cause strong and lingering feelings of uneasiness. The documentary hung heavy on me for days after I watched it.
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hang/lie ˈheavy (on somebody/something)


1 (of a feeling or something in the air) be very noticeable in a particular place in a way that is unpleasant: Smoke lay heavy on the far side of the water.Despair hangs heavy on the air.
2 make somebody/something feel uncomfortable or anxious: The crime lay heavy on her conscience.
See also: hang, heavy, lie
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The grapes hang heavy, their translucent skin spotted and brown against the plump figs.
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This is a debate that should at least hang heavy on the heart, just as any other debate on morality.
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The long rows of zinnias, portulacas, bee-balm, petunias, and nasturtiums pattern a gay flag at the foot of the terrace, and in the back garden the vines hang heavy with tomatoes, and the bold yellow of squash already ripe speckles the shadows under the great dark leaves.
These are the kind of questions that hang heavy in the bar room air at IABC conferences.