|hold out for
||wait to get full price, drive a hard bargain
||He'll hold out for the full price of his car. He'll wait.
|hold that over my head
||remind me of my mistake, judge me by a failure
||My parking ticket - is he going to hold that over my head?
|hold the fort
||manage until we return, look after things
||The manager asked me to hold the fort while he was gone.
|hold the phone
||wait a minute, let me think about it
||"Dad, I'm going to quit school." "Hold the phone! Let's talk."
|hold the purse strings
||control how much is spent, decide when to spend
||He does the talking, but she holds the purse strings.
||stall, be unable to go, be unable to continue
||The plane was held up because of a snowstorm - delayed an hour.
||use a gun in a robbery, mugged
||A robber held up the store and took the money from the till.
||cope, not cry, not lose control of your grief
||Teri has endured a lot of pain. How's she holding up?
||be logical, be sensible
||He can't be in two places at once. His story doesn't hold water.
|hold you up
||delay you, cause you to be late
||Did the traffic hold you up? Is that why you were late?