Definition of hold on in English:

hold on

phrasal verb

  • 1often in imperative Wait; stop.

    ‘hold on a minute, I'll be right back!’
    • ‘When he finished telling her his idea, she asked him to hold on a minute and left the room.’
    • ‘It looks safe outside, but they're still telling us that the air is bad, so I'm holding on and waiting for a few days.’
    • ‘But hold on a minute - are we still talking about children's choices here, or our own?’
    • ‘Now just hold on a minute, judgmental John, have you forgotten that this is not the UK?’
    • ‘But hold on a minute, he is having an affair with his secretary because he is famous?’
    wait, wait a minute, just a moment, just a second, stay here, stay put, remain here
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  • 2Endure in difficult circumstances.

    ‘if only they could hold on a little longer’
    • ‘They have been holding on for as long as possible.’
    • ‘It was another of those games where we had to hold on in the dying minutes.’
    • ‘They held on for fifteen minutes before a penalty was awarded close in.’
    • ‘In many ways I think we're holding on just to make it to the cabin.’
    • ‘‘In my circle of friends a few have lost their jobs, but most are holding on tight,’ she said.’
    • ‘We discussed what makes certain people hold on in extreme circumstances.’
    • ‘Jamie Ewart did lash home a deserved second for Whitehill in the very last minute but the visitors held on.’
    • ‘Mark Potts was the club's sole representative in the under-15s race, holding on for a respectable 23rd position.’
    • ‘A late try for Merton made for a frantic last five minutes but Streatham held on for victory.’
    • ‘At the finish they were holding on for dear life and with St. Josephs coming at them in waves Bobby Miller must have been relieved to hear the final whistle.’
    keep going, keep on, survive, last, continue, persevere, struggle on, carry on, go on, hang on, hold out, not give up, see it through, stay the course
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