hold on

[hold on] {v.} 1. To keep holding tightly; continue to holdstrongly.

As Ted was pulling on the rope, it began to slip and Earlcried, "Hold on, Ted!"

Syn.: HANG ON. 2. To wait and not hang up atelephone; keep a phone for later use.

Mr. Jones asked me to holdon while he spoke to his secretary.

3. To keep on with a business orjob in spite of difficulties.

It was hard to keep the store goingduring the depression, but Max held on and at last met with success.

4. {informal} To wait a minute; stop. - Usually used as a command.

"Hold on!" John's father said, "I want the car tonight."