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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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He's holding both my wrists now, not holding hard, quite gently, but holding.
Perhaps another dreamer will travel, and we will live to tell the stories, facing death as we usually do in Gaza and holding hard to the memories that we have of those gone.
Surrounded by steel and aluminum workers holding hard hats, Trump cast his action as necessary to protect industries "ravaged by aggressive foreign trade practices.
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We might think of the fighting man as his own walled city, holding hard words within the ramparts, lest they engage in a foolish sally and meet misfortune.
Aide turned, still holding hard on the wheel as the two small pirate ships exploded.
Asked for examples, he rattled off a series of sites actively involved in ransacking bank accounts or holding hard drives hostage in return for ransom - brazenly working in the online equivalent of broad daylight.
Digital data services firm Disklabs is on course to increase sales by a quarter after sealing deals for its new on-site certified data erasure service, which clears information from digital storage systems holding hard drives.
The purchasing power of investors holding hard currency becomes much greater in countries where local assets are relatively cheaper in dollar terms.
With a military auto rifle with a long magazine, we like a technique known as the "death-lock." Forward hand is on the magazine/mag well, holding hard and pushing inward; support hand is on the back grip, holding equally hard and also pushing inward.
The stream sided with berries (pick them for the clabbered cream) running with berry juice, stream juice and the quick eyes of blackbirds - I am tilted perilous off the bank, hand threading branches, my old blood sister holding hard the other hand for ballast (as when we whirld together hand to hand as children) bush after bush, water-and light-fed and water pail full, the stream passing into bog, its other work, we go home to the rule of berries-jam, cobbler, pie.
Aide turned still holding hard on the wheel as the two small pirate ships exploded.