hows it hanging?

Hows it hanging? Is a very common and well-known idiom which has become a cliche due to how much it is used in every day conversation. When someone asks you hows it hanging, what they are asking is how you are, how are you doing, and how have you been. Hows it hanging is commonly used in polite conversation simply as a way to make small talk and get an update on how someone has been doing lately.