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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.
See also: back, hang

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]
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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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In groups of four, the two people in the middle both hung back to make a U-shape.
With his national road race champion jersey ripped and his back decorated by tell-tale signs of gravel rash, only one team-mate - Peter Velits - hung back to help - Peter Velits - hung back to help him return to the pack.
Lampard, 31, hung back so that they would not be spotted leaving together but the club's glass doors clearly showed his reflection.
Dressed head to toe in black, two of the robbers burst into their shop while another hung back to keep watch.
"My wife kind of hung back and changed the flight around so they could see me finish, but they had to leave immediately.
Teddy Sheringham corner routine, Scholes hung back as his team-mates filled the box for a free-kick on the right.
He told the jury the driver flashed him and hung back which he said he understood from the "driver's code" meant he was letting him go ahead.
The Scot hung back as Olympic champion Fatuma Roba set a fast early pace and went through the half way mark back in 6th place over half a minute down on the lead.
"When they left he hung back to try to avoid them having their picture taken together.
But the captain and his team-mates wanted the 34-year-old scrum-half, playing in his last game for the province after joining four years ago, to accept the honour and he reluctantly hung back to lift the trophy with his colleague.
The riders split into two groups, those that went straight to the start as normal and another that hung back to show their unhappiness.
Jennifer hung back so that all eyes were on Andrea as she walked down the aisle for the ceremony which was held at rocker Sheryl Crow's house in Hollywood.
Harry strode out ahead of Wills, who hung back shyly on the way to church yesterday.