Verbal Ability - Idioms and Phrases - Discussion

Discussion :: Idioms and Phrases - Section 2 (Q.No.4)

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase.

4. 

This matter has been hanging fire for the last many months and must therefore be decided one way or the other.

[A]. going on slowly
[B]. hotly debated
[C]. stuck up
[D]. ignored

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

No answer description available for this question.

Gaurav said: (Aug 29, 2012)  
Won't it be 'stuck up'?

Vijayakumar said: (Dec 2, 2013)  
While fire in hanging stage, it will increase na. Why I can select B.

Monika T said: (Jan 16, 2014)  
Hang/hold fire.

To delay doing something, especially making a decision, because you are waiting to see what will happen It would have been good to settle the matter now, but I think we should hang fire until the general situation becomes clearer. (often + on) The chancellor has said he will continue to hold fire on a further reduction in interest rates.

Anusha said: (May 3, 2014)  
@All.

If you still don't understand, you can mind map "hanging fire" to barbecue. It takes a lot of time to roast it. Therefore its at a slow pace. :).

Kasenya said: (Jun 1, 2016)  
Hang fire - To delay or wait; to be delayed.

Example:
I think we should hang fire and wait for other information.

Our plans have to hang fire until we get planning permission.

Sandy said: (Nov 28, 2016)  
The title expression "hang fire" (by formal definition) means to do nothing, to delay, wait, hold back, or hesitate.

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