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hang back

1. To stay behind as others move ahead. Hey, can you hang back for a minute? I have a question for you. I'm going to hang back for a bit and take some more pictures of the waterfall.
2. To wait to take action. Hang back on that project until I get these questions answered by the boss.
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hang back

(from someone or something) to lag back behind someone or something; to stay back from someone or something, perhaps in avoidance. Why are you hanging back from the rest of the group? Come on! Don't hang back!
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hang back

Be reluctant to move ahead, hold back. For example, They hung back at the entrance, fearful that they wouldn't be admitted, or We hung back to let our parents go in first. [Second half of 1500s]
See also: back, hang

hang back

v.
1. To keep a distance behind others; lag: Everyone surged forward, but I hung back, afraid I'd be crushed. I hung back behind the popular kids as I walked through the hall.
2. To delay or hesitate on some task; hold off: You should hang back on filling out college applications until you get better test scores.
See also: back, hang
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Let's bring corporal punishment and hanging back. I'm sick of hearing of people getting knifed and shot.
Victims, often elderly and vulnerable, claim to have seen two other young girls hanging back while she knocks on the doors.
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McColgan, who clocked a personal best of 2:26:52 despite her agony, said: "Maybe the mistake was in not hanging back until the last 800 yards.
He let her enter the club well ahead of him - you can see him hanging back sheepishly in our picture - and later arranged for her to slip out of a back door while he left from the front.
We'd have public hanging back ( that's why it's important to have a Parliament.
He let her enter the club well ahead of him - you can see him hanging back sheepishly in our snap - and it was later arranged for her to slip out of a back door while he left by the front.
That's why they are hanging back but still hanging in there for the former World Player of the Year.
They should be named and shamed and it's time this Government got the birch back and the hanging back. Every time you pick up a newspaper, there is somebody who has been knifed or attacked.
He said: "We are not hanging back here, we have been relegated to the Second Division and we need to clear the decks and get on with it.
But other Western civilians are hanging back, hoping the rebels will not attack.
But despite the experimental nature of their attack Clare won't be hanging back in pursuit of a victory.