hold your horses


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hold your horses

Wait a moment or be patient (often because you are moving too quickly or thoughtlessly). Whoa, hold your horses, kids. We're going to sing before we start eating cake. I know you're excited to see the prototype, but you all just need to hold your horses while we get set up.
See also: hold, horse
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Hold your horses!

 and Hold your tater!
Fig. Inf. Wait! Tom: Let's go! Let's go! Mary: Hold your horses. Hold your tater, now. Where did you say you are going?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hold one's horses

Slow down, be patient, as in Dad told Kevin to hold his horses on Christmas shopping, since it was only July, or Hold your horses, I'm coming. This expression alludes to a driver making horses wait by holding the reins tightly. [Slang; c. 1840]
See also: hold, horse
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 horses

SPOKEN
If you say hold your horses, you are telling someone to stop doing or saying something for a moment because they have not thought enough about it. Hold your horses a minute, will you, and just take another look at this document.
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hold your horses

wait a moment; restrain your enthusiasm. informal
1999 Colin Dexter The Remorseful Day Hold your horses! One or two things I'd like you to check first, just to make it one hundred per cent.
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hold your ˈhorses

(informal) used for asking somebody to stop for a moment, speak more slowly, etc: Hold your horses! We haven’t finished the last question yet.
See also: hold, horse
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hold one’s horses

tv. to wait up; to relax and slow down; to be patient. (Usually a command.) Now, just hold your horses and let me explain.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

hold (one's) horses

To restrain oneself.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hold your horses

Be patient. Originally this nineteenth-century Americanism directly instructed the driver to hold his team of horses, and later it became a colloquial imperative to slow down and wait.
See also: hold, horse
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