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I’m rich glanfanch with the expressions using the word “hold”.

Candle hold or a candle to is a popular expression. It is from the time before the electricity when people used the candles for light. Someone who lived in a big house would have a servant who light his way by holding a candle. The expression means that a person who can’t hold a candle to you is not fit even to be your servant. Now it means such a person can not compare or compete. In the following song, singer Dolley Patoon// tell her new love that all her falms// for older lovers can not compare with him.

Oh, plan//, can not hold a candle with you, those// can not light up the night as you do.

Another expression is “hold your tongue”. It means to be still and not talk. ”hole your tongue” is not something you will tell to your friend, but a parent or teacher might use this expression to qurit a noisy child.

“hold out” is another expression one hears often in sport reports and labor news. It means to refuse to play or work. Professional football and baseball players hold out if their team refuse to pay them what they think they are worth. Members of labor unit hold out and refuse to work until they get the work agreements they want.

The expression “hold up” has several different meanings. One is robbery.  A man with the gun may say :”this is a hold up, give me your money.” Another meaning is to delay. A drive late for work may tell his boss “ I was hold up by heavy traffic.” Someone who is rubbed on the way to work might say:” sorry, boss. I was held up by a hold up” still another meaning of this expression is for a story to be considered true after an investigation. The same driver late for work could say:” my boss did not believe a hole up held me up. But the police will conform what I said, so my story hold up”.

“hold down” is another expression. It often means wait or stop. As you leave for school, your brother may say:” hold down, you forget your book.”

Our finally expression is “hold the line”. That means to keep a problem or situation from getting worse to hold steady. For example, the president might say:” he will hold the line on taxes” he means there is no increase in taxes. Now I must hole the line on this program. I have no more time left today.

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