hold (one's) fire

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hold (one's) fire

1. To cease or pause firing a firearm. Hold your fire, men—wait until they have crested the hill before attacking. Tell your men to hold fire! We surrender!
2. By extension, to stop attacking, harassing, or criticizing someone or something. He's asking his legions of fans to hold their fire in their online attacks against his accuser.
See also: fire, hold

hold your fire

1. Stop shooting. Used as a command, especially for military troops. Hold your fire—there are civilians present!
2. Don't speak, especially in a critical or angry manner. I know you're mad at the kids, but hold your fire until we get the whole story of what happened.
See also: fire, hold
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hold one's fire

Refrain from comment or criticism, especially for the time being. For example, Hold your fire, Jim, she's not finished yet, or Nancy decided to hold her fire until she had more information. This expression alludes to refraining from shooting a gun and originated in the military.
See also: fire, hold
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hold your fire

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hold fire

1. If you hold your fire or hold fire, you wait and do not do anything for a while. We are holding fire on our assessment of the situation until a detailed analysis can be made.
2. If you hold your fire or hold fire, you delay attacking or criticizing someone. The administration will hold its fire until it sees the detail of the bill, but is likely then to oppose it. Note: These expressions are also used literally to talk about a situation where soldiers stop shooting, or wait before they start shooting.
See also: fire, hold
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

hold your ˈfire


1 delay or stop shooting for a while: Hold your fire! I think they’re going to surrender. OPPOSITE: open fire (on somebody/something)
2 stop attacking somebody: She told the journalists to hold their fire. If they didn’t listen to her, how would they know what she thought?
See also: fire, hold
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"He followed (WorldWar One) with great interest and contrasted the long-range fire with the fighting of the 1850s when men were urged to hold their fire till they saw the white in the enemy's eyes,"added the paper.
Despite the authorities' appeal to the public to hold their fire and be creative in using alternative methods of noise-making for the holiday revelries, the Department of Health (DOH) still recorded 23 fireworks-related injuries as of 6 a.m.
One parent reported that terrorists had run at IDF soldiers with a gun in one hand and a baby in the other, apparently in hopes that the soldiers would see the child and hold their fire. If soldiers fired, the parent added, the child's death could be used as propaganda against Israel.
The ceasefire agreement is thought to be almost identical to that which ended Operation Cast Lead some four years ago: Israel will apparently unilaterally declare an end to the fighting, after which Hamas, other Palestinian factions will hold their fire as well, the Israeli paper added.
British soldiers are under orders to hold their fire, except in self-defence.
Under the terms of the truce agreement, both Israel and insurgents from Islamic Jihad, who were responsible for most of the rocket attacks, had agreed to hold their fire.
We should show our pride in these people - like the Americans do, they hold their fire fighters in high regard.
More importantly this offensive is a test of a bigger strategy, tried in the battle for the town of Musa Qala two years agoe where the Army hold their fire to avoid needless death, and where the object is not to kill the Taliban or take territory but to win over the population.
But the rebels, including Knowsley North's George Howarth, Birkenhead's Frank Field, Walton's Peter Kilfoyle and several other ex-ministers, have decided to hold their fire until the conference is over.
ELLAND firefighters are hoping to raise bucket loads of cash for charity when they hold their fire station car wash.
The child's mother, Lorena Lopez, said she pleaded with officers to hold their fire.
Davidian survivors testify that Koresh opened the front door to the Mount Carmel complex and urged the Feds to hold their fire. According to the Davidians, this petition was met with gunfire--the opening salvo in what would become an agonizing 51-day standoff ending in the immolation of nearly 80 innocent human beings on April 19th.
(Under the old rules, announced in May, Israeli soldiers were to hold their fire unless their lives were endangered).
official to visit Afghanistan since former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger went there nearly two decades ago, told reporters after meeting Taliban leaders that the the Taliban have agreed to hold negotiations with the rival Afghan opposition April 27 in Islamabad and hold their fire until then.
A statement from the rebels several hours later said the insurgents would hold their fire for 24 hours, until early this afternoon.