on hold

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - on hold

"on hold"

in a state of temporary postponement or delay


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - on hold

"on hold"

in a state of interruption in a telephone call


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - on hold

"on hold"

to reserve an item for retrieval at a later date


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Idiom Scenario 1a

Idiom Definition - on hold

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Looks like we are going to have to put the expansion plans on hold?

Colleague 2: Why the delay?

Colleague 1: Profits have not been as good as projected so the money just isn't there for the expansion.

Colleague 2: When will the plans proceed?

Colleague 1: Perhaps after a good quarter of profits.

Idiom Scenario 1b

Idiom Definition - on hold

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: I guess my travel plans are on hold.

Friend 2: That is what happens when you are expecting a baby.

Friend 1: We were not planning on having kids just now so postponing our travel adventures is a bit of a disappointment.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on hold

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Trying to get answers from the government help-line is frustrating to say the least.

Friend 2: How long have you been on hold this time?

Friend 1: I have been listening to this terrible hold-music for twenty minutes so far.

Friend 2: Good luck getting through to the right department.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - on hold

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: I am really looking forward to buying the newest Nebula cell phone.

Friend 2: But it isn't even on the market yet.

Friend 1: I have put one on hold at the local electronics store.

Friend 2: So, as soon as stock arrives, they will reserve one for you?

Friend 1: Exactly. The new phone is as good as mine.

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on hold - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for on hold.

on hold - Examples:

1)  Fortunately I got pregnant and put school and career on hold which saved me from doing exactly what you did; encumber a huge student loan ...

2)  Once when we asked for the owner, we were put on hold and then hung up on. 

3)  I am just about tired of waiting on hold or going through voice mail to get a simple question answered. 

4)  The mission to the space station was put on hold.

5)  Last year he says he had earnings of $3,500 but has put the operation on hold to focus on his studies. 

6)  The trial resumed but was again put on hold for 6 weeks in early 2011 due to various challenges brought by the defense.

7)  The fight between them hasn't been resolved, it's just been put on hold. Sooner or later, this truce will end. 

8)  It was a terrible event, but we can not put our lives on hold. We can not shut ourselves in the house and be afraid to go out.

9)  I can't tell you how many times I have been put on hold so a customer service rep could transfer me to their art department ...

10)  Eventually, the Ukrainian government put pension reform on hold, and as a result the IMF suspended its program in the spring of 2011.

11)  With negotiations on hold -- Fehr said on Sunday he did not know when talks would resume.

12)  A very kind and apologetic receptionist put me on hold and tried several times to get through to the hotel.

13)  A vacancy could be put on hold or cancelled, in which case you might not hear anything from the recruiter.

14)  We'll keep policy on hold unless there is overwhelming evidence we should do more.

15)  That, however, is now on hold pending the investigation.

16)  Upon entering medical school, I was prepared for my life to be put on hold for four plus years to solely dedicate my self to studying medicine.

17)  Oh, I've got to put that on hold at the library.

18)  The bulk of rank-and-file employees who put their financial lives on hold hoping to sell and lock in gains finally get their chance.

19)  Not only has the rigorous chemotherapy put her life on hold -- she was supposed to start a nursing program next spring -- she doesn't ...

20)  ... so disgusted over the issue I tried to complain to corporate and was left on hold for an hour with no resolution.