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Difference between Hang on and Hang one on

hang on—(coll.)

1. continue smth. persistently; persevere with smth.:

  • I really want to go to sleep, but I am going to hang on for a couple more hours.

2. keep listening on the telephone; not hang up:

  • Please hang on for a minute while I find out what team you are on. I will let you know in a minute…

hang one on—(U.S. sl.) get very drunk:

  • A simple statement to the barkeep —“I really hung one on last night”—was enough to get a little sympathy and a double Bloody Mary.