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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hang Fire (To).
 
To fail in an expected result. The allusion is to a gun or pistol which fails to go off.   1
 


 Hang Back (To).Hang On (To). 

 
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