hold on

Definitions

  • The prince holds on to the leg of the flying stool
    The prince holds on to the leg of the flying stool
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hold on be persistent, refuse to stop "he persisted to call me every night","The child persisted and kept asking questions"
    • v hold on stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments "Hold on a moment!"
    • v hold on hold the phone line open "Please hang on while I get your folder"
    • v hold on hold firmly
    • v hold on retain possession of "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?","She kept her maiden name after she married"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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"SOMETIMES HE HAD TO HOLD ON TO THE FENCES" "SOMETIMES HE HAD TO HOLD ON TO THE FENCES"

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: August 9, 1173 marked the first day of construction on the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was completed sometime in 1370 after two building stoppages. In 1178, when the tower was three stories tall, construction was halted for unknown reasons. It wasn't until 1272 that construction resumed, and that lasted until 1278 (the tower was seven stories at that point). In 1360, construction of the belfry that would eventually hold seven bells began.
    • Hold on to persist in something: to continue: to cling
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Quotations

  • Joe E. Lewis
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    “A man is never drunk if he can lay on the floor without holding on.”
  • George S. Patton
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    “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.”
  • Jerry Gillies
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    “It takes a lot more energy to fail than to succeed, since it takes a lot of concentrated energy to hold on to beliefs that don't work.”
  • Brian Tracy
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    “The glue that holds all relationships together -- including the relationship between the leader and the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
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    “I remember when I used to sit on hospital beds and hold people?s hands, people used to be shocked because they?d never seen this before. To me it was quite normal.”

Idioms

On hold - If something is on hold, no action is being taken.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. healdan; Old High Ger. haltan, Goth. haldan.

Usage

In literature:

Besides holding his own, Dmitrieff had on several occasions been able to assist Brussilov on his left.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
It took days and weeks to strangle its hold on my heart and force me to betray myself.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Hold on for your life!
"Down The River" by Oliver Optic
An intense desire for sleep now laid hold on Melton, and with great reluctance he woke Guy and the colonel.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
But Nat had scarcely sufficient strength even to hold on.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
I was holding on when one of the men who was making his way for'ard was carried off by the sea.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
Is this fog going to hold on?
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
It had no natural hold on him.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
God is waiting on men to take hold on his covenant.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
Without the staff to hold on to, I could not have balanced my body on its top.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

The valley of Chevreuse in vain
Would hold thee in its fond embrace;
Thou glidest from its arms again
And hurriest on with swifter pace.
"To The River Yvette. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When hope leaves my weary spirit —
All the power to hold it gone —
That loved voice so loudly prays me,
'For my sake, keep hoping on,'
"Power of Love" by Anne Bronte
STANDING on tiptoe ever since my youth
Striving to grasp the future just above,
I hold at length the only future–Truth,
And Truth is Love.
"Standing On Tiptoe" by George Frederick Cameron
There was a yell in the gathering winds,
A groan in the heaving sea,
And the captain rushed from the hold below,
But he durst not look on me.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
Next time I will kiss her and hold her,
Though ugly of mouth am I,
And cradle and lull on my shoulder,
Saying: "Bye, little sweet-snout, bye!"
"The Old Mountain Troll" by Gustaf Froding
But midday finds our courage wane,
We're shaken now: and at this hour
Both hills and dales inspire dread.
We shout: "Hold on, drive slower, fool!"
"The Coach Of Life" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

In news:

Matt Francis of Virginia Beach holds on to his hat as the wind-driven sand and rain from Hurricane Sandy blow across the beaches of Sandbridge in Virginia Beach on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012.
Detroit Pistons' evolving rotation decisions taking hold on the court, in the locker room.
All we can do is hold on tight and enjoy the ride.
After losing co-captains in cheating scandal, Harvard's hold on Ivy title tenuous .
Ponder's hold on starting job remains tenuous 03 Jan 12.
The set list includes "Hold On Loosely," "Ladies Love Country Boys" and "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk".
" Tighten Up " Holding on in WMO.
Tivy holds on 28-13.
The device represents Nokia and Microsoft's best chance yet to break Apple and Google's hold on the US smartphone market, the world's most lucrative.
Rick Orlov's Tipoff: Cardenas to hold on to council seat.
Trojans know they have to hold on to ball to help stop Oregon's offense.
Northville's Zahra wants to hold on to Supreme Court seat.
Garza tries to hold on in Texas House District 117.
Eagles' Vick trying to hold on .
European Banks Told to Hold On to $258 Billion of Fresh Capital.
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In science:

Recall that a slice theorem holds on X iff for every x ∈ X there is a “slice” S ⊆ X with x ∈ S and open saturation S ◦ G and there is an equivariant retraction f of S ◦ G onto x ◦ G with f −1({x}) = S .
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
To complete the proof we must show that (i) holds on an open subset of M .
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds
There are other based sequences (Σ, gi , yi ) which collapse, i.e. (1.6) holds on domains of arbitrarily large but bounded diameter about yi .
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
From these, it follows that Eq. (10) holds on periodic orbits.
Relativistic chaos is coordinate invariant
Nonequilibrium critical point phenomena and its relationship with the coordination number of the lattice appears to hold on other lattices as well.
Random Field Ising Model
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