In dictionaries, they often use "hang in there" for more figurative meanings.

hang (on) in there: (also hang tough especially American English) spoken to remain brave and determined when you are in a difficult situation

For example,

  • Ultimately, the more authentic, life-affirming religious manifestations hang in there amid, and despite, the darkness of human striving.*

My question is that,

Can we use hang in there in more physical situations such as holding something heavy or hanging on a tree?

For example,

A man having Covid 19 can not breathe easily and he needs oxygen.

Can I say to him "Hang in there! I will go find oxygen for you"?

Or, a boy is stuck in a hole and can not get out.

Can I say to him "Hang in there! I will go find a rope and get you out of there"?

Also, It seems that American people use "hang in there".

What is the equivalent expressions in British English?

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