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Sunday, 24 June 2007

Phrasal Verbs: hold

hold * back + restrain The police held the demonstrators back while the politicians entered the building.
hold back not allow to advance in school The teacher held Frank back a year, so he couldn't enter fifth grade.
hold * off + restrain Mr. Johnson held the dog off while we crossed the yard.
hold off on + delay We should hold off on making dinner until your parents arrive.
hold on grasp tightly Hold on tight! The roller coaster is about to take off.
hold on tell someone to wait on the telephone Hold on a minute. I'll get Carol.
hold on to + grasp tightly Make sure you hold on to the hand rail as you walk down the stairs.
hold out not give in, continue to resist Stop holding out and tell us where you found all of these old records.
hold out against + not give in, resist They held out against enemy attack.
hold * up + delay (a flight, traffic); The accident held traffic up for an hour.
hold * up + rob (a bank, a person) with a weapon Five men held the bank up yesterday.
hook * up + make the electrical connections required for a machine or information service Can you hook up the fax machine for me?

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