Words related to hang
also cliffhanger, "suspenseful situation," 1950, a transferred use from an earlier meaning "movie serial" (1937), from cliff + hang (v.). In some U.S. continued-next-week silent cinema serials in the "Perils of Pauline" days, the episode often ended with the heroine "hanging over a cliff from a fraying rope through which the villain was sawing with a dull knife, to be saved by Crane Wilbur or Milton Sills" [Collier's magazine, July 6, 1946].
"one who delays or lingers," 1650s, from Latin, agent noun from cunctari "to be slow, hesitate, delay action," from PIE *konk- "to hang" (source also of Hittite kank- "to hang, weigh," Sanskrit sankate "is afraid, fears," Gothic hahan "to leave in uncertainty," Old English hon "to hang," Old Norse hengja "to hang, suspend;" see hang (v.)). In Roman history the famous surname of dictator Q. Fabius Maximus. Related: Cunctation "delay," 1580s.