Meaning of “hold it!” in the English Dictionary

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"hold it!" in British English

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hold it!

informal

used to tell someone to wait or stop doing something:

Hold it! I don't have my coat on yet.
Hold it! What are you saying?

(Definition of “hold it!” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hold it" in American English

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hold it

stop and do not continue what you are doing:

Hold it! You’re putting too much pepper in the stew.

(Definition of “hold it” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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