hold on to

[hold on to] {v. phr.} 1a. or [hold to] To continue to hold orkeep; hold tightly.

When Jane played horse with her father, sheheld on to him tightly.

The teacher said that if we believedsomething was true and good we should hold on to it.

The old manheld on to his job stubbornly and would not retire.

1b. To stay incontrol of.

Ann was so frightened that she had to hold on toherself not to scream.

Contrast: LET GO. 2. To continue to sing orsound.

The singer held on to the last note of the song for a longtime.