hold on

hold on
1) PHRASAL VERB If you hold on, or hold onto something, you keep your hand on it or around it, for example to prevent the thing from falling or to support yourself.

[V P to n] His right arm was extended up beside his head, still holding on to a coffee cup...

[V P n] He was struggling to hold onto a rock on the face of the cliff...

[V P] Despite her aching shoulders, Nancy held on.

2) PHRASAL VERB If you hold on, you manage to achieve success or avoid failure in spite of great difficulties or opposition.

[V P] Juanito scored for the Spaniards with only two minutes left, but the Romanians held on...

[V P] This Government deserved to lose power a year ago. It held on...

[V P] You helped me to hold on at times when I didn't think I could even go on trying.

3) PHRASAL VERB If you ask someone to hold on, you are asking them to wait for a short time. [SPOKEN]

[V P] The manager asked him to hold on while he investigated...

[V P] Hold on a minute.


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