you can just hang it up

  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    I take it to mean, in this context, that those women might have to give up their jobs in order to handle other responsibilities. "To hang it up" is a synonym for quitting a job. Sometimes it's even more specific. If someone says about a boxer "he has decided to hang up his gloves" that means he has decided to permanently retire from boxing.

    This paragraph from the story illustrates that:

    And, as the school year began with many students still home, women left the workforce in September at four times the rate that men did, the Labor Department reported Friday.​
     
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