hang on

[hang on] {v.} 1. To hold on to something, usually tightly.

Jackalmost fell off the cliff, but managed to hang on until help came.

Syn.: HOLD ON(1). 2a. To continue doing something; persist.

Thegrocer was losing money every day, but he hung on, hoping thatbusiness would improve.

Compare: HOLD OUT, STICK OUT. 2b. To hold alead in a race or other contest while one's opponents try to rally.

The favorite horse opened an early lead and hung on to win as twoother horses almost passed him in the final stretch.

Bunning,staked to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, hung on to heat the Dodgers6-4.

3. To continue to give trouble or cause suffering.

Lou's coldhung on from January to April.

4. To continue listening on thetelephone.

Jerry asked John, who had called him on the phone, tohung on while he ran for a pencil and a sheet of paper.

Compare: HOLDON(3).