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hold one's fire

1. Lit. to refrain from shooting (a gun, etc.). The sergeant told the soldiers to hold their fire. Please hold your fire until I get out of the way.
2. Fig. to postpone one's criticism or commentary. Now, now, hold your fire until I've had a chance to explain. Hold your fire, Bill. You're too quick to complain.
See also: fire, hold
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According to the Associated Press, prosecutors said Lorance ordered his men to open fire immediately, in violation of the military's rules of engagement, which requires soldiers to hold fire unless they have evidence of hostile action.
We chose not to report our findings after the police asked us to hold fire, lest Anslow be alerted that the cops were closing in on him.
IAF to hold fire power demonstration in which bombs will be dropped day and night by all the fighters in the inventory including Jaguars, Su- 30 MKIs and Mirage- 2000s
KAHyRE (CyHAN)- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an has suggested that both sides should hold fire and lashed out at calls by Western powers on Hamas to end rocket attacks into Israel as a precondition to de-escalate the Israel's Gaza offensive.
We said before that we have sensed internationalization of the crisis in Syria from the very beginning, and we required yesterday that the two sides hold fire, but focus was put on the Syrian authorities onlyC*Focusing on one side doesn't help solve the problem,'' he added.
However, following the shock decline in GDP in the final quarter of 2010, rate-setters are likely to hold fire for the time being as they wait to see how the economy has fared.
However, we suspect that most MPC members would prefer to hold fire for the time being given the ongoing stickiness of inflation.
I can't play piano but I wrote a song on the piano by ear called Hold Fire.
BANK of England rate-setters are expected to hold fire on further aid for a fragile UK economy tomorrow, a year after launching efforts to boost the money supply.
Firefighters from High Handen Hold fire station were called to put out the blaze, which is under investigation.
Signaling a willingness by Israel to hold fire, PM Ehud Olmert said there would not be further attacks on Hamas-ruled Gaza if Palestinians stop rocket salvoes.
The CIPD's chief economist John Philpott said: "Employers' initial reaction to talk of an economic slowdown was to hold fire and take stock of the emerging situation, but a substantial number now expect to trim their workforces.
Meanwhile, growers continue to rely on pruning, cultural practices, and antibiotic sprays such as streptomycin to hold fire blight in check.
Louise Beard, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said she hoped the MPC would hold fire this month at least.
For better range estimation and more hits, hold fire until you can clearly see a bird's color and feather pattern.