hold the phone

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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.
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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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
John dear,' said Bella, 'you're a good nurse; will you please hold baby?
Don't forget about the local self-government, and please hold the umbrella over me.
For those celebrating like Fred [a critic in the group], please hold on a little bit.
Please hold on to your tickets if you already have them.
Please all of you who have children please hold them tight and first sign of flu get them to the er.
I love the fact that you are still vulnerable and innocent, please hold onto that," he added.
please hold this date in your diary and further details will be provided in the ojeu contract notice.
Anyway, we can ignore the Russians on most things, but please hold your glass by the stem, swirl, sniff, slurp and exude a sophistication that an oligarch's money can't buy.
Welsh please hold INJURIES to the eyes of a toddler allegedly murdered by her adoptive father were similar to those that would be caused in a "severe" car crash, a court has heard.
Matthew Scully-Hicks (MSH): Ambulance | Operator 2: Ambulance thank you | Recorded message: Welsh Ambulance Service please hold | MSH: Come on | Operator 1: Hold the line please, you are held in a queue waiting for the ambulance service | MSH: OK Recorded message: Welsh Ambulance Service please hold | Operator 1: They are very busy, I will get you through as quick as I can | MSH: OK | Operator 1: Still trying to take you through | Recorded message: Welsh Ambulance Service please hold | MSH: Please, you need to hurry up - my daughter's not breathing | Operator 1: I've got a critical call | Recorded message: Welsh Ambulance Service please hold | Operator 3: Ambulance service, what's the full address of the emergency?
Please hold the knife covering the end of the knife with your palm and rest the index finger about 1 inch down the handle to help you cut the food with firmness.
For Your Safety Please Hold On develops themes of love, belonging and exodus (or migration) with poised mettle and melancholy warmth; the poems are precise and exciting, iridescent with wit and the rhythm and dance of wordplay.
the laughterthe happinessthe painThe smell of flowersthe touch of rain But still I need the lovethe touch of your hand Lost as I am in this god forsaken wasteland So please hold me closein your armsin your heart Remembering who I was and ambefore I depart Richard Barton, via email
Kayla Czaga; FOR YOUR SAFETY PLEASE HOLD ON; Nightwood Editions (Nonfiction: Poetry) 18.
And they say, 'Can you please hold for President Clinton?