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hang off

1. Literally, to hang or dangle from something. Did you know that the gutter is practically hanging off the side of the house? We should probably get that fixed.
2. To stay behind, often in a subdued manner. I hung off once I could hear Mom yelling downstairs.
3. To delay or wait rather than take action. You should hang off on booking a hotel until we know exactly how many people are coming on the trip.
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hang off

to wait quietly to one side. The boys hung off a little, waiting to see what would happen next. Hang off awhile and don't do anything.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hang off

v.
1. To be suspended from something: The ornaments hang off the chandelier.
2. To hesitate or remain behind: Hang off on that decision until the boss gets back.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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My soul sunk within me: but a second glance convinced me that the boat was only hanging off to keep out of the surf; and the next moment I heard my own name shouted out by a voice from the midst of the crowd.
The person added: "At first they climbed over the railings and then walked onto a metal beam, which was dangerous enough, but soon they were hanging off the edge.
The 32-year-old was left with his lip "hanging off" and still suffers flashbacks more than a year later.
A LORRY hanging off a roadside drop in Deighton yesterday had to be pulled to safety using metal cables and a recovery truck.
A DRIVER escaped injury after a car was left hanging off a bridge following a crash in west Wales.
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A CAR was left 'hanging off ' part of the Tyne Bridge following a crash.
A TEENAGER is learning to walk again after his skin was left "hanging off his entire body" in a gas blast.
A STREET fight between two men wielding a meat cleaver and a knife left one with an arm hanging off.
AN Airbus plane bound for Spain was forced to divert back to Manchester and make an emergency landing after a piece of the wing was seen "hanging off ".
Painted zinc heart decoration, PS1.50, Dotcomgiftshop White marble star decoration, PS4.50, Rose & Grey Ballerina decoration, PS1, Tesco This cute little wreath is perfect for minimalist fans who baulk at the very thought of a circle of pine needles and berries hanging off their door.
"When you're hanging off the back of the truck, you have to trust your driver," says Rose.
A MAN has been charged after a violent incident in a city nightclub which left a man's nose "hanging off".