Hold it!

hold it

1. Stop. Hold it, everybody! This scene just isn't working. Hold it, let that woman cross the street first. Hold it right there! You're under arrest!
2. To wait to urinate (typically because a bathroom is not available). A: "Mom, I really have to go!" B: "Can you hold it for a little longer? It's a few miles before the next exit."
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Hold it!

Inf. Stop right there. Tom: Hold it! Mary: What's wrong? Tom: You almost stepped on my contact lens. Bill: Hold it! Bob: What is it? Bill: Sorry. For a minute, that stick looked like a snake.
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Hold it!

exclam. Stop right there! Hold it! Stop!
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If you do, hold it! You may be salting your life away.
Participants also rated how overwhelmed they felt after viewing the photos ("I can't handle it!" and "I can't stand it!") and whether they felt compelled to take care of what they had just viewed ("I want to hold it!" and "I want to protect it!").
It depends on how long you hold it!' 'If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my right arm.' 'If I hold it for a day, you will have to call an ambulance.' 'It is the exact same weight, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes.'
You mustn't do this, you can't do that hold it! Don't!
(Hold it! Not in swimming pools.) A multinational manufacturing giant (toilet paper is one of its countless products) found out that two-thirds of the people it surveyed have done it while one-half admitted they've done it several times.
So, I just keep telling her, 'Hold it.' That's what I keep telling her: 'Hold it!'
Despite the overwhelming result to leave, we still have the other parties trying to overturn the result by calling for a second referendum and even saying Cameron was wrong to hold it! These parties are supposed to uphold democracy!
So much bacon you don't even know how to hold it!" cries Billy (who let's not forget grew up in the place where deep fried Mars bars were invented).
The Kansas-born actress began her theatrical career in musicals, making her Broadway debut in 1948 in the production "Hold It!" She was soon signed by Warner Bros.
HOLD IT! THIS FIGHT SCENE WILL TAKE AT LEAST A FEW MORE PAGES AND I'M AFRAID WE'RE ALMOST OUTTA SPACE.
It is a loud, public outcry of "hold it!" for an imposing display of a swelling, perhaps poisoned ego.
Hunter pries dog's mouth open, again places goose inside, commands "Hold it!" Dog spits out goose.
air in: On the bare floor, I envied those on mats as we did the "Hun'ert" (The Hundreds), flung our bodies "onza stomick," then "onza back!" or to "da udder zide an hold it!"
HOLD IT! Marc Crosas is back on form and playing a major role in the Celtic midfield
Well, Darren said he was disappointed not to hold it!" Levein reckons his team are getting closer to beating the Bhoys.