Hello! I’m English Teacher Fred from englishteacherfred.com.

Let’s talk about the word “hold”. H-O-L-D

There are a lot of uses for this word, and idioms.

One idiom is “hold your horses”. It means “wait”.

You’re riding a horse and then hold your horses: stop.

Hold your horses, okay? You can tell this is an old idiom from a long time ago, back when people rode horses.

Hold your horses! Stop!

Also people say “hold on”. Wait! Hold on! Often, people say this when you call somebody on the telephone.

You call somebody on the telephone. You say, “Is David there?” And they go, “Hold on!” And then they go and get David. “Hold on” means “wait”.

Hold it! “Hold it” also means “wait” or “stop”.

“Hold it” is very abrupt, very sudden. “Hold it!” Stop.

“Hold on” is more gentle, like “wait a minute”. Just wait, relax, hold on.

“Hold it” is more like quickly stop.

Hold on. Hold it. Hold your horses.

“To have and to hold” is a common phrase with “hold”.

“To have and to hold” is what they say when people are getting married. It’s part of the vows they say in the church: “Do you take this woman to have and to hold forever and ever.”

“Hold” is like “hug”. Hugging, holding. Hold this. Hold on. Hold it! Hold your horses! Hold everything!

If there’s some very important thing and you want everybody to stop: hold everything! Stop doing anything you’re doing! Hold everything. Hold on. Hold it. Hold your horses.

That’s some idioms with “hold”.

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