Learn English phrasal verbs | Hold on

Have you ever told someone you care about to hold on? What does it mean if someone tells you to hold on? What does hold on to your hat mean? Learn how to use hold on to help you understand English phrasal verbs...

Music is always a great place to find lots of English phrasal verbs...

The phrasal verb hold on is used in a lot of songs! This is Walk Off The Earth with Hold On (The Break)...

Here's a classic from the '90s - Hold On by En Vogue...

...and another classic, this time from 1981 - Hold On Tight by ELO...

So how do you remember English phrasal verbs? Tell us in the comments below...

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

If you tell someone to hold on, normally this means you're telling someone to stop or to wait for you. So hold on, 'please don't go', 'wait for me', 'don't leave without me'.

We use this a lot on the phone as well, so if you're talking to someone and you ask them to hold on, you're asking them to stay on the line and don't hang up and wait for you. Maybe they need to find the right person for you to speak to.

There are a few famous songs that use the expression hold on meaning in a relationship if you ask somebody to hold on, you're asking them to wait for things in the relationship to improve, to get better. So you might hear the expression in songs 'hold on', 'baby hold on'...'hold on to our love', which means 'stay with me', 'don't leave me', 'don't give up on the relationship'.

It can also mean prepare yourself for what's coming. Maybe something serious is going to happen and you need to prepare yourself. We use the expression a lot hold on to your hat! which means prepare yourself because there's a storm coming. Don't let the storm blow your hat away. But literally this means prepare yourself for what is going to happen. A serious situation is coming and you need to be ready!

hang-on.jpg