hold the phone

(redirected from Hold the wire)

Hold the phone.

 
1. and Hold the wire(, please).; Hold, please.; Hold the line(, please).; Hold the phone(, please).; Please hold. Fig. Please wait on the telephone and do not hang up. (A phrase in use before telephone "hold" circuitry was in wide use.) Bill: Hold the wire, please. (Turning to Tom) Tom, the phone's for you. Tom: Be right there. Rachel: Do you wish to speak to Mr. Jones or Mr. Franklin? Henry: Jones. Rachel: Thank you. Hold the line, please. Sue: Good afternoon, Acme Motors, hold please. Bill (hanging up): That makes me so mad!
2. Fig. Wait just a minute.; Don't rush into something. Hold the phone! Let's think about it a little longer. Hold the phone. I just had another idea.
See also: hold, phone

hold the phone

Stop what one is doing, as in Hold the phone! There's no sense in continuing this argument. This expression is often put as an imperative, as in the example. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s] Also see hold everything.
See also: hold, phone

hold the phone

Slang
To stop doing what one is engaged in doing. Often used in the imperative: Hold the phone! Let's end this argument.
See also: hold, phone
References in periodicals archive ?
As part of the work we're replacing wires, fittings and steelwork that hold the wire in place.
EeSources who hold the wire documentation are saying that a huge deposit into a bank account, with no clear indication of where that money came from, is a red flag for many European authorities and beyond.
Students put on their glasses and start tracing their drawings with 20-gauge aluminum wire, using masking tape to temporarily hold the wire in place as they proceed.
It has sensors to detect an intruder as he/ she tries to hold the wire, and sends an alarm to PIDS control room.
The trainee, supervisor or assistant must hold the wire at all times.
Use light wire to wrap around the necks of the bottles - this only works if there is a rim to hold the wire below it, then attach the other end of the wire to the loop frame.
You can move cattle from one area to another just by setting two tall sticks or pieces of PVC pipe in the fenceline for a moment to raise and hold the wire at a height the cattle can go under it and into the new section of pasture.
He'd rescue me from the old fence's snare and hold the wire high enough for us to climb through .
Sometimes the staples that hold the wire to the wall pinch the wire, causing a short.
They are looking at the teeth that hold the wire coils within an electric motor.
Hold the wire with pliers, and pass it through the flame from the lighter.
Hold the wire frame in one hand, place the flowers in the centre of the ring and down into your hand, remembering to do each flower in turn.
I find it best to have dry hands when making a haywire, otherwise it gets too hard to hold the wire firmly.
Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.
The posts with raised bumps are designed to be used with heavy wire clips that hold the wire tight against the flat face of the posts.