hold your horses

Meaning(s)

1. wait a moment, be patient

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Professional

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hold your horses, take a moment to consider what you're doing

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The idiom 'hold your horses' is an informal way of saying 'wait a minute' or to ask someone to delay. If you hold the reigns on a horse, it doesn't move forward. This phrase is usually said to someone moving or acting too quickly or without caution.

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  1. Hold your horses, young man! Before you run out of the house, I want to know where you're going and what time you expect to be back at.
  2. Hold your horses - are you saying that Jack never got my message? No wonder he is so annoyed with me!

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  1. I know that every member of the team is excited to start working on the project, but just hold your horses until all the necessary funding has been secured.
  2. Hold your horses, Charlie! Just take a moment to think about what you're doing. I know you're angry, but if you give your boss a piece of your mind while you're in this mood then you will likely lose your job!

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