Definition of hold on in English:

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hold on

1 [often in imperative] Wait; stop: hold on a minute, I’ll be right back!
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  • It looks safe outside, but they're still telling us that the air is bad, so I'm holding on and waiting for a few days.
  • But hold on a minute - are we still talking about children's choices here, or our own?
  • But hold on a minute, he is having an affair with his secretary because he is famous?
wait, wait a minute, just a moment, just a second, stay here, stay put, remain here;
informal hang on, hang around, stick around, sit tight, hold your horses
British informal hang about
archaic or literary tarry
2Endure in difficult circumstances: if only they could hold on a little longer
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  • We discussed what makes certain people hold on in extreme circumstances.
  • Mark Potts was the club's sole representative in the under-15s race, holding on for a respectable 23rd position.
  • At the finish they were holding on for dear life and with St. Josephs coming at them in waves Bobby Miller must have been relieved to hear the final whistle.
See parent entry: hold
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