A button on a telephone that temporarily interrupts a call so that another call may be taken.
- ‘He bought her, didn't he? ‘was all she said after depressing the hold button.’
- Remember that novelty phones such as these are more about the look than function, so if you're looking for a hold button or 20-number phonebook memory, these are not the answer.
- Hurriedly she picked it up, jabbing the hold button to ‘un-hold’ him.
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Syllabification: hold but·ton
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