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    get hung up

    What does the following in red mean?

    It would be easy to get hung up on Steve Job's quirkiness and to focus on his ugly side---his temper tantrums, his impatience...

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    Re: get hung up

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post

    It would be easy to get hung up on Steve Job's quirkiness and to focus on his ugly side---his temper tantrums, his impatience...

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    I think that it means something like to concentrate on/ dwell on/ to be distracted by

    his quirkiness.

    Wow! I think that the sentence itself contains the synonym: to focus on.

    For example: Don't get hung up on Mr. X's horrible English grammar. He is absolutely

    the best candidate for this vital job, so let's hire him -- regardless of his lack of

    English proficiency.

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    Re: get hung up

    hang-up
    noun Slang.
    1. a preoccupation, fixation, or psychological block; complex: His hang-up is trying to outdo his brother.
    2. a source of annoying difficulty or burden; impediment; snag: The most serious hang-up the project has is a shortage of funds.
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    It would be easy to fixate on Steve Job's quirkiness and to focus on his ugly side---his temper tantrums, his impatience...

    It would be easy to become preoccupied with Steve Job's quirkiness and to focus on his ugly side---his temper tantrums, his impatience...

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    Re: get hung up

    Thank you all for the big help.

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