a hold on (someone)

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a hold on (someone)

A strong influence over or effect on someone. That movie must really have a hold on the kids—I've hardly heard a peep out of them since I turned it on. Can you believe all the money he spends on her? I guess her beauty has a real hold on him.
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hold on

1. To physically grip something. Hold onto the railing so that you don't lose your balance.
2. To wait or pause. Often used as an imperative. Hey, hold on—that's not what I'm saying at all. If you'll just hold on a minute, I'll pull up your file.
3. To continue or persist despite challenges. The company will not be able to hold on if we lose money again this quarter.
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hold on

(to someone or something) Go to hang on (to someone or something).
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hold on

to be patient. Just hold on. Everything will work out in good time. If you will just hold on, everything will probably be all right.
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hold on

1. Also, hold on to. Maintain one's grip, cling, as in Hold on to your hat in this wind, or The early Christians held on to their beliefs despite strong opposition. [Early 1500s]
2. Continue to do something, persist, as in Please hold on for a while longer. [Late 1800s]
3. Stop, wait, as in Hold on! We can't go past this gate. [Mid-1800s]
4. Remain on a telephone line, as in If you can hold on a minute I'll go and find her. [Late 1800s]
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hold on

v.
1. To maintain a grip on something; cling to something: I held on to the ledge until someone could pull me to safety. You should hold on to the railing when you walk down the stairs.
2. To persist or persevere: Our organization has managed to hold on through some hard times.
3. To wait for a short time: Hold on; I'll be with you in a moment. The operator asked me to hold on while processing my request.
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