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Related to on hold: put on hold
1. Lit. waiting; temporarily halted. The building project is on hold while we try to find money to complete it. We put our wedding plans on hold until we finished school.
2. Fig. left waiting on a telephone line. I hate to call up someone and then end up on hold. I waited on hold for ten minutes when I called city hall.
1. In a state of temporary interruption, but not disconnection, during a telephone call, as in While I was on hold, I checked my calendar for when I could schedule a meeting, or They had to put me on hold while they looked up my account. [c. 1960]
2. In a state of postponement or delay, as in When she was transferred, they had to put their romance on hold. This figurative usage is a broadened sense of def. 1. [Colloquial; c. 1970]
1. Into a state of temporary interruption without severing a telephone connection: put me on hold for 10 minutes.
2. Informal Into a state of delay or indeterminate suspension: had to put the romance on hold.