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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms H, page 10

Idioms H, page 10:  from:   'hold the fort'   to:   'honour among thieves'


  • hold the fort
    • When you hold the fort, you look after a place or a business in the absence of the person who is normally in charge.
      "Rosie, could you hold the fort please while I go to the post office?"

  • hold good
    • If something such as a statement, saying or theory holds good, it continues to be true, valid or applicable.
      "The author's version of the event still holds good."

  • hold your horses
    • If you tell someone to hold their horses, you think they are doing something too fast and should slow down and not rush into further action.
      "Hold your horses! We need to get the customer's approval first!"

  • hold one's own
    • If you can hold your own, you are well able to defend yourself when under attack.
      "We should ask Jane to represent us; she can hold her own in any argument."

  • hold the reins
    • The person who holds the reins is someone who is in complete control of a company, firm or organisation.
      "He's been holding the reins for over 20 years and intends to continue for as long as possible."

  • hold your tongue
    • If you hold your tongue, you remain silent and say nothing.
      "Harry was of a different opinion but he decided to hold his tongue."

  • (not) hold water
    • If an explanation or argument does not hold water, it does not stand up to critical examination and can be shown to be unfounded.
      "The reasons given for the government's new measures just do not hold water."

  • holier-than-thou
    • The attitude of people who consider themselves to be more virtuous or morally superior to others can be called 'holier-than-thou'.
      "I can't stand the holier-than-thou attitude of some political candidates"

  • hollow victory
    • A victory obtained in unsatisfactory conditions, which as a result seems worthless or without significance for the winner, is called a hollow victory.
      "Won in the absence of the major ski champions, his gold medal was a hollow victory."

  • on the home stretch
    • To say that you are on the home stretch means that you are approaching the end of something such as a task, a race or a journey.
      "Don't give up - we're on the home stretch now."

  • home truths
    • If you tell somebody some home truths, you tell them some unpleasant facts about themselves which are often difficult to accept.
      "David needs to be told some home truths, whether he likes it or not!"

  • (the) honeymoon is over
    • To say that the honeymoon is over means that the initial period of friendship and cooperation between people, groups or organisations has ended.
      "He was elected only six months ago, but the honeymoon is already over."

  • honour among thieves
    • This expression means that even criminals have a sense of loyalty and they respect a certain code of behaviour.
      "The bank robber refused to reveal the names of his accomplices which shows that there is honour among thieves."

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