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!

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Idioms and Phrases with hold on

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]

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