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Now Words and Their Stories, a VOA special English program about American Expressions. I’m Rich Climfilt with expression made using the word ‘hold’.

 

‘Can’t hold a candle to’ is a popular expression. It’s from the time before electricity when people used candle for light. Someone who lived in a big house would have a servant lighted his way by holding a candle. The expression means that the person who can not hold the candle for you is not fit even to be your servant. Now it means such a person could not compare or compete. In the following song, singer Darlie Parkon tells her new love that her old flames, her lovers can’t not compared with him.

 

Old flames, can’t hold the candle to you. No one could light up the night like you do.

 

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

 

‘Hold out’ is another expression we hear often used in sports and labor news. It means refuse to play or work. Professional football and baseball players hold out when their team refuse to pay them what they think they are worth. Members of labor unions hold out and refuse to work until they get the work agreement they want.

 

The expression ‘hold up’ has several different meanings. One is on rubbery. A man with a gun may say ‘this is a hold up, give me you money’. Another is to delay, a driver who is to be late might tell his boss ‘I was held up by the heavy traffic’. Someone who is robbed on his way to work might tell his boss ‘sorry boss, I was held up by a hold up’. Still another meaning of the expression is to be considered to be true after an investigation. The same driver late for work might say ‘my boss did not believe a hold up of hold me up. But the police confirmed what I said and 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 you 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 president may say he will hold the line in taxes. He means there will be no increase in taxes. Now I must hold my line on this program, I have no more time left today.

 

 

This VOA Special English program--WORDS AND THEIR STORIES was written by F.B. I am Rich Climfilt.

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