American Idioms and Expressions

On Hold Idiom

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on hold
What does on hold mean?
to be waiting, to be temporarily haltedThe construction of the building is on hold while the city engineers finish their inspection.
on hold
What does on hold mean?
to be left waiting on a telephone lineI phoned the bank but I was quickly put on hold.
on hold
What does on hold mean?
to be waiting, to be temporarily halted The construction of the building is on hold while the city engineers finish their inspection.

on hold
What does on hold mean?
to be left waiting on a telephone line I phoned the bank but I was quickly put on hold.


Some Random Idioms
funny bone
What does "funny bone" mean?
the place at the back of the elbow that tingles when hit I hit my funny bone today and it still hurts.

Nitty gritty
What does "Nitty gritty" mean?
If people get down to the nitty gritty, they concentrate on the most important and serious issues.
dry out
What does "dry out" mean?
to lose moisture gradually The beach towel dried out quickly.

fine state of affairs
What does "fine state of affairs" mean?
an unpleasant situation The mess in the bathroom was a fine state of affairs and I had to deal with it quickly.

pull one's hair out
What does "pull one's hair out" mean?
to be angry/upset/worried about somethingMy friend began to pull her hair out when she discovered that she had no nice clothes for the party.
sell (something) out
What does "sell (something) out" mean?
to sell all of somethingThey sold the concert out in every city that it went to.
let (someone) down
What does "let (someone) down" mean?
fail to do as well as expected, disappoint someoneHe let his parents down when he failed the university entrance exams.
the exception that proves the rule
What does "the exception that proves the rule" mean?
an exception to a rule proves that the rule existsThe salesman is very quiet and shy and he is the exception that proves the rule in his company. Everybody else is very talkative.

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