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hold it!

This page is about the conversational phrase hold it!

Meaning: You can use this to tell someone to stop.

For example:

  • When he saw me adding more salt to the soup, the chef said, "Hold it! That's enough!"

  • As Ahmad was walking into the airport, a security guard said, "Hold it a second! Where do you think you're going?"

Quick Quiz:

When a police officer says "Hold it!", most people

a. stop straight away

b. run as fast as they can

c. hold out their hand

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Contributor: Matt Errey