to maintain a firm grasp: she held on with all her strength
to continue or persist
(foll by to) to keep or retain: hold on to those stamps as they'll soon be valuable
to keep a telephone line open
informal stop! wait!
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Other Idioms and Phrases with hold on
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]
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