Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

Hold it (right there)

hold ithold it right there
Meaning(s)
1) tell somebody to wait or stop doing something
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    • hold it for a moment
  • Analysis

    Saying 'hold it' is a way of asking someone to wait or to stall. Hold it can also mean 'don't move'. 'Hold it' is also an expression of surprise or anger. For example 'Hold it, do you mean we are going to get paid late this month?' If you say 'hold it right there' it means 'stop immediately' or 'you have been caught'. 

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The police officer shouted: 'Hold it right there!' to the thief before moving in to make the arrest.
    2. Hold it, don't move, there's a car coming.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Please hold what you're doing for a moment. I want to make sure you are on the right track before we go any further.
    2. Just hold it, would you? I can't take down what you're saying if you keep speaking so fast!
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