The phrasal verb hold, like all English phrasal verbs, has a variety of forms
Study the list below and do the exercise that follows. Then check your answers for
the phrasal verb hold.
HOLD AGAINST = have a grudge; show little respect
Why on earth do you hold it against her? Forget about it.
HOLD BACK = A. not show emotion B. prevent from progressing or moving forward C. not disclose or make
A. He tried to hold back his tears while watching the sad movie but
couldn't. B. Some school children are held back a grade in elementary school. C. The politician held back the information about his drunk driving arrest when he
HOLD BACK FROM = not allowed to do something
John was held back from going to the movies by his mother.
HOLD DOWN = A. keep or have a job B. prevent from moving by restraint c. retain in your
A. It's hard to hold down a job in uncertain economic times B. Jill was held down by her big brother John. C. I couldn't hold down my lunch when we went sailing in the evening.
HOLD FORTH = state your opinions about something
John is holding forth about socialism's benefit again. What a bore!
HOLD OFF = A. delay B. bad weather NOT appearing C. prevent someone from attacking or beating
A. We had to hold off buying a new car this year as John lost his job. B. The snow held off long enough for us to get all of the wood ready for the
winter. C. The police held off the violent crowd with tear gas.
HOLD ON = A. wait B. grip tightly
A. Hold on a minute, I'll be right there. B. Get a good hold on the handle before you give it a pull.
HOLD ONTO = A. keep longer than necessary B. hold tightly; grip
A. My father-in-law likes to hold onto old newspapers for some odd reason. B. Hold onto the rope and it'll pull you up the hill.
HOLD OUT = A. resist B. extend in front of you
A. The union strikers held out until they go what they wanted. B. At school we had to hold out our hands so they could inspect our
HOLD OUT FOR = wait for something better
Why aren't you eating dessert? I'm holding out for the chocolate mousse.
HOLD OUT ON = not disclose; not pay
Don't hold out on me now. Tel me where you were last night.
HOLD OVER = A. delay B. go longer than planned
A. The surprise was held over until the next day at school. B. The play got held over for the third straight week.
HOLD TOGETHER = not break up or come apart
The book was held together with duct tape down the binding.
HOLD UP = A. delay especially when travelling B. Robbery (a bank hold up, etc.)
A. We were held up in the city center by a huge traffic jam. B. The store was held up by two men wearing masks.
HOLD WITH = A. agree or accept
She doesn't hold with people living together before they are married.