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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-04-13,Words and Their Stories

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Now words and their stories. A VOA Special English programe about American expressions. I'm Rich * with expressions made using the word "hold".

 

 

 "Can't hold a candle too." is a popular expression. It is from the time before electricity when people used the candles for light. Someone who live in a big house would have a servant light his way by holding a candle. The expression means that the person who can not hold a candle to you can not fit even to be your servant. Now, it means such a person can not compare or compete.

 

 

In the following song, singer **tells her new love that her all flames , her old lovers can not compare with him.

 

 

Another expression is " hold your toung". It means to be still and not talk. Hold your toung is not something you would tell a friend, but a parent or teacher might use the expression to quite and 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 pay them what they think they are worth. Members of labor's Unions hold out and refuse to work, and till they get a work agreement they want.

 

 

The expression "Hold up" has several different meanings. One is a rubbary. A man with a gun may say " This is a 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 trafic" Someone who was rubed on the way to work maight say "Sorry , boss, I was held up by a hold up."

 

 

Still another meaning of the expression is for a story to be considered true after investigation. The same driver late for work could say "My boss did not believe a hold up held me up, but the police confirmed what I said. So my story held up."

 

 

"Hold on" is another expression. It often means wait or stop. As you leave for school, your brother may say:"Hold on ,you forget your book."

 

Our final expression is "Hold the line". That means to keep a problem or situation from getting worse----to hold steady. For example, the Persident may say he was held the line on taxes. He means there will be no increase in taxes.

 

 

 Now I must hold the line on this programe. I have no more time left today.

[ 本帖最后由 liuhuan505 于 2008-4-13 11:28 编辑 ]
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