In Reply to: Hang tight posted by Marianne on September 02, 2009 at 16:43:
: I am looking for the year the phrase "hang tight" or "hang in there" was used.
This is one of those instances where I think a phrase will be easy to find. And it's not. Closest I've found so far:
hang tough, to endure or persevere, Hippie Counterculture chapter, "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996). Page 142.
Hang to the rigging, be patient. 1966. "Dictionary of American Regional English," Volume II by Frederic G. Cassidy and Joan Houston Hall (1991, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, England). Page 893.
Then there's the "hang in there" kitty.