|hold a candle
||do as well, compare with, measure up
||The Buick is nice, but it can't hold a candle to the Cadillac.
|hold a grudge
||stay angry for a long time, bad blood
||He gets mad, but he never holds a grudge. He forgives easily.
|hold a meeting
||organize and conduct a meeting
||The club will hold a meeting on Monday at 7:30 p.m.
||keep, stay at
||He has shown that he can hold down a job. He's reliable.
||talk at length about one subject, lecture
||"If you mention his favorite topic--ants--he'll hold forth for hours!"
|hold her liquor
||drink but not get drunk, hold your drinks
||Thelma can hold her liquor. She looks sober after five drinks.
||stop, this is important, hold on, wait a minute
||"You and I will swim over to - " "Hold it! I can't swim. I didn't agree to swim anywhere!"
|hold me responsible
||say that I am responsible, carry the can, lay the blame
||Because I'm the cashier, the manager holds me responsible for missing cash.
||wait, do not begin, we are not ready
||Hold on! We haven't fastened our seat belts.
||a person who does not agree
||There are two hold-outs, but both people are willing to negotiate.