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To persist or persevere in a challenging situation. I know you're worried, but keep hanging in—the doctor will call soon. I'm proud of our team. They played hard and hung in until the end of the game, and they came away with one heck of a victory.
hang in (something)
To persist or persevere in a very challenging contest or competition. Even though I knew I wouldn't win, I hung in the race and finished in third place. I'm proud of our team. They played hard, they hung in the game until the end, and they came away with one heck of a victory.
Also, hang in there. Keep at something, persevere. For example, We decided to hang in until we had figured out why the experiment failed, or Hang in there! You'll soon catch on to the language. [Slang; mid-1900s]
To persevere: The politician decided to hang in the campaign despite the negative comments in the press.