Idiom: Hang In There

Idiom: Hang In There

Idiom: Hang In There

The idiom ‘hang in there’ has probably been around for a few hundred years, but the phrase really became popular in the early 1970s when Los Angeles photographer Victor Baldwin created a poster featuring a Siamese cat hanging onto a bamboo pole. The 1971 motivational poster of the determined-looking cat was accompanied by the phrase ‘hang in there, baby.’ From there, the idiom took off and became a mainstay in American English.

The idiom means don’t give up.

「hang in there」という慣用句は、おそらく数百年前から存在しただろうが、この言葉が実際に広まったのは1970年代初頭、ロサンゼルスの写真家Victor Baldwinが、竹竿にぶら下がるシャム猫を描いたポスターを制作したときだ。1971年、決意に満ちた表情の猫を描いたやる気を起こさせるポスターには、「hang in there, baby」というフレーズが添えられていた。そこから、この慣用句は一気に広まり、アメリカ英語の主流となった。


Idiom Usage: Hang In There 使い方

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The Original “Hang in There” Poster Circa 1971 (Victor Baldwin)

“Hang in there” is a full phrase by itself, so it doesn’t require any extra words. It can be used in longer sentences. The verb ‘hang’ will also change depending on the grammar form.

The idiom is used for casual and formal situations. Keep in mind that this idiom has a negative connotation, so people might take offense if you use it to describe their actions.

「Hang in there」はそれだけで完全なフレーズなので、余計な単語を加える必要はありません。より長い文章の中で使うことも可能です。また、動詞の「hang」も文法形式により変わってきます。


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Examples 例文

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The End Of a Career; A Woman Fired From Her Job and Escorted Out Of the Office (

I lost my job this week but I’m hanging in there.


Hang in there. Things will get better.


She hung in there as long as she could, but she just can’t do it any more.


Use mnemonic! ニーモニックテクニック

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A Cat Hanging From a Tree

The best mnemonic device to remember this phrase is already done for us, with Victor Baldwin 1971 motivational poster. The concept has been copied hundreds of times, so it’s mostly likely you’ve seen it already.

Of course, we always encourage you to create your own mnemonic device. It’s much more effect if you do that.

Check out our post on mnemonics basics to learn more.

このフレーズを覚えるのに最適なニーモニックは、まさにVictor Baldwinの1971年のモチベーションポスターとなります。このコンセプトは何百回もコピーされてきているので、見たことがある人がほとんどでしょう。



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