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hold on tight! exp.
expression used for letting someone know that he/she should prepare for a difficult or unpleasant upcoming event

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it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
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."
damn it!
Rats! I will be late to the meeting.
calm down!
You say 'top that!' when you have achieved something and you want to challenge other people to do better
I know four celebrities - top that!
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
polite expression offering to do something for someone
expression used to encourage someone to say what is on their mind, what is bothering them
expression used for catching the attention of an audience
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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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