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1[often in imperative] Wait; stop:‘hold on a minute, I'll be right back!’
wait, wait a minute, just a moment, just a second, stay here, stay put, remain hereView synonyms
- ‘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?’
- ‘When he finished telling her his idea, she asked him to hold on a minute and left the room.’
- ‘But hold on a minute, he is having an affair with his secretary because he is famous?’
- ‘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.’
2Endure in difficult circumstances:‘if only they could hold on a little longer’
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 courseView synonyms
- ‘Mark Potts was the club's sole representative in the under-15s race, holding on for a respectable 23rd position.’
- ‘They have been holding on for as long as possible.’
- ‘Jamie Ewart did lash home a deserved second for Whitehill in the very last minute but the visitors held on.’
- ‘‘In my circle of friends a few have lost their jobs, but most are holding on tight,’ she said.’
- ‘It was another of those games where we had to hold on in the dying minutes.’
- ‘We discussed what makes certain people hold on in extreme circumstances.’
- ‘In many ways I think we're holding on just to make it to the cabin.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They held on for fifteen minutes before a penalty was awarded close in.’
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