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04 / 07 / 2006

TO HANG ON TO SOMETHING: meaning and examples

Hello again,

Today's expression is: To hang on to something

It means: to keep or retain something.

Example 1:
Clarence: Maybe we could have a special event to promote our new services?
Jack: Yes, please hang on to that thought! It's a good idea, but I want to discuss budgets first.

Example 2:
It's a very old clock and it doesn't even work! I hang on to it only because it belonged to my grandmother.

Example 3:
He decided not to sell his old car – he's hanging on to it for when his son learns to drive. He doesn't want him to drive the new car!

Tomorrow we will look at another phrasal verb using hang.

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Until tomorrow,

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