put on hold
put (someone) on hold
To temporarily suspend someone's telephone call by putting it into an electronic hold. Thank you for your query. I'll have to put you on hold while I ask my supervisor about this issue. The bank always puts you on hold when you try to get through to them.
put (something) on hold
To pause, postpone, or suspend an activity. We've had to put the book on hold while we figure out why the website keeps crashing. I put the call on hold to ask my supervisor about the issue.
put someone or something on hold
to put someone or someone's telephone call on an electronic hold. (See also put someone on hold.) Please don't put me on hold! I'm in a hurry! I am going to have to put your call on hold.
put someone on hold
Fig. to stop all activity or communication with someone. (See also put someone or something on hold.) John put Ann on hold and started dating Mary. "You can't just put me on hold!" cried Ann.
put something on hold
to postpone something; to stop the progress of something. (See also put someone on hold; put someone or something on hold.) They put the project on hold until they got enough money to finish it. Sorry, but we must put your plan on hold.