Definition of hang-up noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhæŋ ʌp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋ ʌp//
    (informal) Embarrassment
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  1. 1hang-up (about something) an emotional problem about something that makes you embarrassed or worried He's got a real hang-up about his height. sexual hang-ups See related entries: Embarrassment
  2. 2(North American English) a problem that delays something being agreed or achieved The ABM treaty is a key hang-up in negotiations.
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