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        Now words and stories,A VOA Special English Program about American Expressions.I'm Rich Climfit,with the expressions made using the word "hold".

        Can't hold a candle too is popular expression. It is from the time before electricity when peolpe using candles from light. Someone who lived in the big house would have servant light his way by holding the candle. The expression mean that person who can't hold a candle to you is not fit even to be your servant. Now it means such a person can't compare or compete.In the follwing song singers Doly Patton tells her new love that all flames or lovers. Can't compare with him.

        "No thing can hold a candle for you, No one can light up tonight like you do."

        Another expression is hold your tongue.It means to be still and not talk.Hold you tongue is not something you would tell a friend .But a parent or teacher might using the expression to quite a noisy child.

        Hold out is another expression one hears often in sports reports and labor news. It means to refuse to play or work,professional football and baseball players hold out if their team refuses to paid them what they are think their are worth. Members of Labor Unions hold out and refuses to work until they get the work agreement they want. The expression of hold up has several different meanings.One is robbery ,A man with a gun may says this is hold up give me your money.Another meaning is to delay , A driver late for work may tell his boss,I was held up by heavy traffic.Someone who was robbed on the way to work might say sorry boss I was held up by the hold up .

       Still another meaning of the expression is for story to be considered true after any investigation . The same driver late for work could say my boss did not believe a hold up held me up.But police confirmed what I said so my story held up. Hold on the another expression,it often means wait or stopped. As your leave for school your brother may say hold on ,you forgot your book.

       Our final expression is hold the line.That means to keep a problem or situation from getting worse to hold stead. For example the president may say he were hold line on taxes,he means there were be no increase in taxes.Now I must hold the line on this program ,I have no more time left today.

        This VOA Special English Program Words and Stories was written by Frank Bills.I'm Rich Climfit.

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