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don't hold your breath exp.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
abbr. acron.
I don't give a fuck
abbr. acron.
Short for "I don't know".
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
consider that two parties don't owe anything to each other
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
relative to people who are attached but don't want to be too intimate with someone on whom they are dependent
term used for describing the lifestyle of married or unmarried long-term couples who don't live under the same roof
[Psych.] acronym: LAT. e.g LAT couples, LAT relationships
a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue something at which they are unlikely to be good or successful and thus, to rather stick to what they can do best, namely, their job
Ex.: Although she had poured her whole heart and soul into her singing at the karaoke, her somewhat cruel but nonetheless lucid friends told her: 'don't give up the day job!'
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
he is trying to perusal-de someone to do what he doesn't want to do. Il fait pression sur moi.
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      vb   , holds, holding, held  
1    to have or keep (an object) with or within the hands, arms, etc.; clasp  
2    tr   to support or bear  
to hold a drowning man's head above water     
3    to maintain or be maintained in a specified state or condition  
to hold one's emotions in check, hold firm     
4    tr   to set aside or reserve  
they will hold our tickets until tomorrow     
5    when intr, usually used in commands   to restrain or be restrained from motion, action, departure, etc.  
hold that man until the police come     
6    intr   to remain fast or unbroken  
that cable won't hold much longer     
7    intr   (of the weather) to remain dry and bright  
how long will the weather hold?     
8    tr   to keep the attention of  
her singing held the audience     
9    tr   to engage in or carry on  
to hold a meeting     
10    tr   to have the ownership, possession, etc., of  
he holds a law degree from London, who's holding the ace of spades?     
11    tr   to have the use of or responsibility for  
to hold the office of director     
12    tr   to have the space or capacity for  
the carton will hold only eight books     
13    tr   to be able to control the outward effects of drinking beer, spirits, etc.  
he can hold his drink well     
14    often foll by: to or by   to remain or cause to remain committed to  
hold him to his promise, he held by his views in spite of opposition     
15    tr; takes a clause as object   to claim  
he holds that the theory is incorrect     
16    intr   to remain relevant, valid, or true  
the old philosophies don't hold nowadays     
17    tr   to keep in the mind  
to hold affection for someone     
18    tr   to regard or consider in a specified manner  
I hold him very dear     
19    tr   to guard or defend successfully  
hold the fort against the attack     
20    intr   to continue to go  
hold on one's way     
21    sometimes foll by: on     (Music)   to sustain the sound of (a note) throughout its specified duration  
to hold on a semibreve for its full value     
22    tr     (Computing)   to retain (data) in a storage device after copying onto another storage device or onto another location in the same device  
   Compare       clear       49  
23    tr   to be in possession of illegal drugs  
24    hold (good) for   to apply or be relevant to  
the same rules hold for everyone     
25    hold it!  
a    stop! wait!  
b    stay in the same position! as when being photographed  
26    hold one's head high   to conduct oneself in a proud and confident manner  
27    hold one's own   to maintain one's situation or position esp. in spite of opposition or difficulty  
28    hold one's peace or tongue   to keep silent  
29    hold water   to prove credible, logical, or consistent  
30    there is no holding him   he is so spirited or resolute that he cannot be restrained  
31    the act or method of holding fast or grasping, as with the hands  
32    something to hold onto, as for support or control  
33    an object or device that holds fast or grips something else so as to hold it fast  
34    controlling force or influence  
she has a hold on him     
35    a short delay or pause  
36    on hold   in a state of temporary postponement or delay  
37    a prison or a cell in a prison  
38      (Wrestling)   a way of seizing one's opponent  
a wrist hold     
39      (Music)   a pause or fermata  
a    a tenure or holding, esp. of land  
b    (in combination)  
leasehold, freehold, copyhold     
41    a container  
42    Archaic   a fortified place  
43    get hold of  
a    to obtain  
b    to come into contact with  
44    no holds barred   all limitations removed,   (See also)        hold back       hold down       hold forth       hold in       hold off       hold on       hold out       hold over       hold together       hold-up       hold with  
     (Old English healdan; related to Old Norse halla, Gothic haldan, German halten)  
  holdable      adj  
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