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05 / 07 / 2006

TO HANG (ON) IN THERE: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's expression is: To hang (on) in there

It means: to persist, even though the situation is difficult or challenging.

Example 1:
Alice: Have the doctors told you anything new about Ann's condition?
Ralph: Yes, they say she's still seriously ill, but she's hanging on in there.

Example 2:
Nancy: Mary doesn't seem to be very in love with Phil. Why is he still going out with her?
Russell: He's hanging on in there because he thinks she'll learn to love him sooner or later.

Example 3:
José is a good student, but he's thinking of leaving university; I hope he hangs on in there and finishes his studies.

Tomorrow we will look at another hang expression.

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