hold hard

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 be prove difficult, we must hold hard in our pledge to environmental reform.
See also: hard, hold

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
References in classic literature ?
We must hold hard to this poverty, however scandalous, and by more vigorous self-recoveries, after the sallies of action, possess our axis more firmly.
Real estate is certainly benefiting from the desire of investors to hold hard income-producing assets, alongside and in some instances in preference to more liquid investment opportunities.
Real estate is certainly benefiting from the desire of investors to hold hard income producing assets, alongside and in some instances in preference to more liquid investment opportunities.
The middle ground seems to be, hold hard until the hand starts to tremble, and then back off.
When the dollar weakens, investors would rather hold hard assets like oil and other commodities because hard assets protect them against more weakening and inflation.
He had to wait until a gap flashed open and then, hurling Mine Behind through it, had to hold hard a second time behind the leading group until well inside the final furlong before seeing daylight once again.
Pain and suffering runs very deep, and pleasure when it comes is something to grab and hold hard.
Hold hard the Birmingham rock and bend up every deckchair
But hold hard, shipmates, there's gold in them thar' windmills
But hold hard, James calls and our intrepid band are off again to splash, dip and dangle in, wait for it, the Barents Sea.
Ex-Chief Superintendent Tom Buchan said: "A couple using their baby as a front for dealing is shocking but shows what a hold hard drugs has over the lives of addicts - they will do anything to get money for a hit.
The lumbering wadcutter bullet seemed to take forever to get out of the barrel and you really had to hold hard to get good scores.
But it's time to hold hard here on the cliche as, through the years, the profile of the real ale beer swiller has mutated, not only being likely to be younger and slimmer but increasingly has become female, too.
I do not hold hard and fast views but I believe we are approaching the true story.