Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

put a hold on

put a hold on
Meaning(s)
1) delay or stop something from happening, place a restriction or reserve on something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • put a hold on the deal/book
  • Analysis

    To put a hold on something means to prevent or stop something from happening or to delay something. If you put a hold on a project for example, it could mean to pause or delay it. This is a phrasal verb that is used in both social and professional contexts.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The bank messaged me to say that they are putting a hold on my account due to recent suspicious activity.
    2. I really wanted that book, so I asked the library to put a hold on it for me so no one else could take it out before I got there.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. We will have to put a hold on the deal until these legal complications have been ironed out.
    2. Our shaky financial situation means that we are putting a hold on hiring new employees for the time being.
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