Hold on to your hats! Excitement is on the way. In this English lesson, we’ll go over some uses of “hold + prepositions” so you know when to grab something, or just wait (like on the phone). Do you know when to ‘hold on’, and when to ‘hold back’? What do you do in a ‘hold up’? You’ll learn these phrases and many others.
10 HOLD Phrasal Verbs: hold up, hold to, hold out… video
Hi again. Welcome back to www.engvid.com. I’m Adam. Today’s lesson is, again, one of your favourites, phrasal verbs; everybody’s favourites because they’re so much fun and easy to understand. Today we’re going to look at phrasal verbs with “hold”. Okay? We have 10 of them. And again, what is a phrasal verb? Just to review. It is a verb, in this case: “hold”, plus a preposition, when put together, have completely different meanings than the two words by themselves. So, let’s start.
We have: “hold on”. Now, many of you might hear this one when you call somebody on the phone and you say: -“Hi, may I speak with Joe?” -“Oh, yeah, I’ll get him. Hold on.” What does “hold on” mean? Means wait. “Hold on” also means grab. So if you’re on the bus and you see like it’s a bit shaky, you hold on to the bar so you don’t fall. “Hold on”, wait; “hold on”, grab.
Next, we have: “hold off”. Now, “hold off” can also mean wait. But whereas “hold on” means I’m telling you to wait, usually “hold off” means you’re waiting for something else to finish. Right? So I will hold off giving you the quiz until I finish explaining everything. It’s a little bit like postpone as well. It can also means… It could also mean – sorry – delay. So, we will hold off the election until everybody has a chance to find out who the candidates are. Okay? So we will hold off, we will postpone it or delay it.
“Hold up”. “Hold up” also means delay, to delay something. So the party was held up because not enough people came because of the bad weather. Okay? Or the concert was held up because the singer was a little bit sick, couldn’t make it on to the stage for whatever reason. A completely different meaning of “hold up” is: “Stick ’em up. This is a hold up.” A robbery. Okay? But what you have to remember is this could also be a noun, a one-word noun. In that case, it’s a robbery. The bank robbers walked into the bank and held up the tellers to get their money.
“Hold out”. “Hold out” also means wait, but in a very different context. If you’re holding out for something better, it means you’re waiting for a better offer, or a better situation, or anything better to come along. So, for example: in sports, you will hear this word often. A professional hockey player is coming to the end of his… coming to the end of his contract. The team wants to sign him to a new contract, but he’s not. He’s not signing. Why? He wants more money. They say: “Okay. We’re not going to give you more money”. He’ll say: “Okay, I’ll wait”. So he is holding out for a better offer. This could also be a noun, a “holdout”. We would say the person is a holdout for a better contract.
“Hold over”. “Hold over” also means to delay. The exhibition was held over until next week because of technical difficulties. The lights weren’t working or there was a problem with the electricity, so the exhibition was held over to the next week.
“Hold against”. Also, two meanings. I can hold the pen against my chest. I could hold the baby against my heart, for example. But “hold against” – completely different meaning – means to have a grudge. Now, I’m not sure if you guys know what “grudge” means. A grudge means when you… When somebody did something bad to you and you just can’t forgive them. You will always remember that bad thing they did and you will always hold it against them. Every time they want to speak to you, you’re… In the back of your mind is that bad thing they did. You’re always remembering; you’re never forgetting, you’re never forgiving. So you hold it against them all the time. They want to help you, you don’t trust them. You hold it against them that they did something bad to you in the past.
“Hold onto”, again two meanings. Similar to “hold on”, hold on to something, “hold onto” your seats, we’re going to go very fast. So when you go to a movie, for example, say: “Hold onto your seats, this is going to be an exciting ride”, or an exciting movie, or whatever. “Hold onto” also means keep. Hold onto your job, basically. Don’t lose your job; hold onto it. Hold onto your friends. Never lose your friends; not a good idea.
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