hold hard

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hold hard

1. To remain still; to stop or wait. Primarily heard in UK. Hold hard—we can't move these boards till the concrete has set. Tell your men to hold hard until we can figure out the best angle of attack.
2. To remain determined, stalwart, and unyielding, as in one's position or opinion. Primarily heard in UK. Though it may prove difficult, we must hold hard in our pledge to environmental reform.
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hold hard

used to exhort someone to stop or wait. British
Hold hard was originally an exclamation warning riders in the hunting field to pull hard on the reins to make their horses stop, similar to hold your horses below.
See also: hard, hold
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They held hard. An outburst of unchained fury, a vicious rush of the wind absolutely steadied the ship; she rocked only, quick and light like a child's cradle, for a terrific moment of suspense, while the whole atmosphere, as it seemed, streamed furiously past her, roaring away from the tenebrous earth.
Muscari was leading away the unhappy daughter, who held hard to him, as she did for many a year after.
The steersman dug his paddle into the stream, and held hard with stiffened arms, his body thrown forward.
The reins of his wild-eyed, snorting steed are held hard in the bloodstained, bony hands of a skeleton.
You held Hard Rock's fifth annual global BARocker Championship in February.
If the switch was not held hard over in the start position before pushing on the switch, it would not work.
However legitimate it thinks its reasons were, Patafa would have been judged harshly by history as a dream killer if it held hard on punishing Tabal for her faults by junking her Olympic aspirations.
Her parents, a constantly carping mother and a somewhat disengaged father, held hard to their old-world values, and didn't understand a girl who wanted to go to high school and college.
The key words "Trauma" and "Political" take on special significance in the title of this collection of eight essays, emerging as they did (all but one) from the Bunyan Triennial Conference held hard on the heels of 9/11/01.
Although currently only an observer to the EPA agreements, Pretoria held hard fought negotiations which resulted in a bilateral agreement with the EU covering trade development and cooperation.
The Hamdan al Maktoum-owned five-year-old knocked out two teeth when banging his head on the stalls at the start of the Gladness, and after he had held Hard Rock City by half a length Prendergast said: "What happened at The Curragh flattened him a bit, but he is a tough sort and did it well today."
He had become a little frail and I felt a stab of melancholy as the tall, craggy figure I had admired for so long held hard onto my arm and leaned on my shoulder as we walked slowly up Tite Street.