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Hand in [Hand something in] (work, essay, assignment, paper, form, application, notice, resignation, petition, keys, money, weapons, tickets) Give something to somebody in charge. Give in

  • The minister handed in his resignation when it was known that he was implicated in the scandal.
  • The Guerrilla have agreed to hand in their weapons.
  • You can hand in your homework on Monday.
  • She handed in her notice at work after receiving an offer for a new job.

Hand on 1 [Hand something on] (custom, story, clothes, knowledge, responsibility) Give something to somebody who is younger or who comes later.

  • Over the course of time, the story was handed on verbally from one generation to another, until the time came when the people were able to read and write.

2 (photograph, magazine) Give or pass something to somebody who is next to you: Hand down, pass on

  • He read it and handed it on to me.

Hand out [Hand something out] (leaflets, books, food) Give something to a group of people; distribute it. Give out

  • Mary, could you help me hand out the photocopies, please?
  • He was handing out free tickets for the concert.

Hand over [Hand something over] (money, gun, prisoner, control, power, responsibility) Give something to somebody else so that they take control.

  • Have things changed since the hand over of sovereignty from the British to Chinese?

Hang about/around The same as hang around.

  • There was a group of young people hanging around on the corner of the street.
  • You should allow your son to hang around in the street after dark.

Hang on (insep) Wait. Hold on

  • Hang on a minute; I need to talk to you.
  • ( on the phone ) I'm afraid he's busy at the moment; would you like to hang on?
  • I can't hang on any longer; I'm in a hurry.

Hang out (insep) Spend time somewhere or with a group of people.

  • I figured hanging out at a bar over a couple of beers would be best
  • It was nice to just hang out at a bar.

Hang up 1 (phone) Finish a phone conversation.

  • She hung up on me.
  • Don't hang up; I need to speak to your sister.

2 [Hang something up] (picture, coat) Put something on a wall or hook.

  • Hang up your coat and come and join us. 

Have back 1 [Have somebody back] Have somebody return after they've been away.

  • It so nice to have you back, love.

2 [Have something back] (money) Get something back. Give back

  • It seems like a fair deal to me. Anyone who is not happy with that can have their money back.

Have your own back: Get your revenge.

Have on 1 wear [Have something on] (clothes) Be wearing something.

  • Can you remember what the suspect had on when he ran out of the bank

2 use (radio, TV) Use; be using something.

  • Mama often had the radio on as she did her housework and almost always sang along. 

3 joke [Have somebody on] Try to make somebody believe something that is not true to have a laugh.

  • Are you having me on? 

Head off 1 go (insep) Go somewhere.

  • We said our goodbyes and he headed off in the other direction.

2 prevent [Head off something] (criticism, disaster, crisis, threat, quarrel, disagreement) Prevent something unpleasant from happening. Fend off, stave off, ward off

  • The United States proposed a compromise to head off a trade war with the EU.

Hit back [Hit back at somebody, hit back at something] (insep) (critics, claims, comments) Defend yourself against their criticism or attacks.

  • She has hit back at critics who say she doesn't spend enough time with her daughter.
  • Scientists hit back at claims global warming projections are greatly exaggerated.
  • She has defended her new music video, hitting back at comments accusing her of racism.

Hit it off [Hit it off with somebody] (insep) Meet somebody, like them and start having a good relationship with them immediately.

  • I met a guy recently and we really hit it off.

Hold back [Hold something back] (emotions, anger, frustration, tears, information, evidence, ideas, crowds, enemy, progress, project) Control something or keep it secret. Keep back

  • He pressed his lips together, trying to hold back his emotions.
  • We are certainly not in any way trying to hold back any information.

Hold down 1 [Hold something down] (job) Keep something for a certain period of time.

  • The march held up traffic in the city centre but there was no trouble or arrests.

2 (prices, wages) Keep something low.

  • Too much supply and weak demand could hold down prices.

Very common & useful phrasal verb Hold on (insep) Wait.

  • Please hold on a moment.
  • All our lines are busy, but please hold on.

Hold up 1 delay [Hold somebody up, hold something up] (traffic, bad weather) Delay somebody or something..

  • The march held up traffic in the city centre but there was no trouble or arrests.

2 rob (bank) Rob.

  • Armed robbers held up the bank and escaped with £20,000.

Hold up Remain strong despite the circumstances.

  • She seems to be holding up. I can't believe she's taking it so calmly.

Hurry up (insep) Go faster.

  • Hurry up! We're going to be late.

Hush up [Hurry something up] Prevent the public from knowing about something. Cover up

  • While accusations continued that the State Government was doing everything to hush up the case, the authorities have decided not to speak.

 

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