JOHN: Jennifer Wilson. That was… Hang on. Wasn’t that the dead woman?
SHERLOCK: Yes, that’s not important. Just enter the number. Are you doing it?
SHERLOCK: Have you done it?
JOHN: Yeah, hang on!
that “hang on” literally means “wait”.
Like a monkey is hanging on to,,,
So it literally means hang on to the branch little a longer before you fall bring you safe thing before you fall like,
“Don’t fall there! Hang on! Hang on! Hang on! Wait there! Hang on!”
Literally that is what it means, direct feeling of “wait! Don’t go anywhere!”
And that is what it means is “hang on!”, “wait!”
Everybody use it, “hang on!”
You can use it for, “is tea ready yet? Did you make tea”, “Hang on!”
“Are you coming?”
“Have clean your teeth?”
“Come on! Let’s go!”
Everything “Hang on!”
It is actually nothing to do with English at all.
It is completely slang.
And it all means “wait”.
Absolutely no,,, you can use it to mean “wait a little while”.
you can use it to wait a long while.
Usually though it is short time.
It is usually short period of time, “hang on!”
Unless you say “hang around”, “hang around” or “hang on for 2 hours”.
But yes it’s definitely short period.
“Hang on” is just like “wait a moment”.
“Hang on for a while.”
“Hang on! I am just about to do it.” Is it “ちょと”？
You can use it for any kind of waiting situation unless it is long period.
Q: Does it sound casual?
Yes. You wouldn’t say business meeting. No. Formal.
You know, really boring bank manager situation, you wouldn’t really use “hang on” I suppose.
But any kind of,,, It’s OK to use it in most, most social situations, probably yes.
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