hold it


: to go no further : to stop
Hold it right there. Where do you think you're going?

Examples of hold it in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or is your need for control a mechanism to hold it all together? Hannah Coates, Vogue, 6 Apr. 2024 To do that effectively, breathe slowly in through your nostrils for a count of five, hold it briefly, then exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of seven. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 Lacking European sophistication, Allen still excuses infidelity as no big deal despite the fact that others hold it against you while indulging their own sins. Armond White, National Review, 5 Apr. 2024 Carry it like a backpack, hold it by the top handle, or use the shoulder strap to carry it like a purse. Brittany Vanderbill, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024 The Sleep Foundation recommends the 4-7-8 method: breathe in for four seconds, hold it for seven seconds and then breathe out for eight seconds. Georgia Day, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2024 Your child can fill the dropper with paint, hold it above their canvas, and release the contents slowly. Nicole Harris, Parents, 14 Mar. 2024 Your dentist will probably not hold it against you at your next appointment. Popular Science, 14 Mar. 2024 The much greater risk to democracy is coming from eroding the energies that hold it in place, namely truth and trust in institutions and the rule of law. Ginny Whitelaw, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024

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“Hold it.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%20it. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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