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Idioms for hold

Origin of hold

1
before 900; Middle English holden, Old English h(e)aldan; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Norse halda, Old Saxon, Gothic haldan, Old High German haltan (German halten)

synonym study for hold

8. See have. 9. See contain. 11. See maintain.

OTHER WORDS FROM hold

hold·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hold on (1 of 3)

hold on

verb (intr, adverb)

to maintain a firm graspshe held on with all her strength
to continue or persist
(foll by to) to keep or retainhold on to those stamps as they'll soon be valuable
to keep a telephone line open

interjection

informal stop! wait!

British Dictionary definitions for hold on (2 of 3)

hold1
/ (həʊld) /

verb holds, holding or held (hɛld)

noun

Derived forms of hold

holdable, adjective

Word Origin for hold

Old English healdan; related to Old Norse halla, Gothic haldan, German halten

British Dictionary definitions for hold on (3 of 3)

hold2
/ (həʊld) /

noun

the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

Word Origin for hold

C16: variant of hole
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Idioms and Phrases with hold on (1 of 2)

hold on

1

Also, hold on to. Maintain one's grip, cling, as in Hold on to your hat in this wind, or The early Christians held on to their beliefs despite strong opposition. [Early 1500s]

2

Continue to do something, persist, as in Please hold on for a while longer. [Late 1800s]

3

Stop, wait, as in Hold on! We can't go past this gate. [Mid-1800s]

4

Remain on a telephone line, as in If you can hold on a minute I'll go and find her. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with hold on (2 of 2)

hold

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