Leave Holding the Bag

Also: Be Left Holding the Bag Meaning of Idiom ‘Leave (someone) Holding the Bag’ To leave someone holding the bag is to abandon them so that they are forced to bear the responsibility for something or the consequences of your actions. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ,2Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the … Read more

No Holds Barred

Used as an idiom since around 1940. Meaning of No Holds Barred Idiom No holds barred means a situation without any restrictions, where anything is permitted. Anything goes.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage No holds barred is often mispronounced as no holes barred. Examples Of Use “The press conference … Read more

Hold Your Horses

Meaning of Idiom ‘Hold Your (or one’s) Horses’ Hold your horses is one of the most common English idioms. When we say “hold your horses” to someone we are telling them to slow down and wait. Usually, the idiom is applied to someone who is over-excited and is rushing ahead before it is sensible to … Read more

Hold Water

Meaning of Idiom ‘Hold Water, to’ To hold water means to be correct, valid, sound, or reasonable and to stand up to scrutiny. This idiom has many synonyms or near-synonyms such as hold up, carry weight, stack up, airtight, etc.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage The idiom and its synonyms … Read more

Hold All the Cards

Used metaphorically since the 1900’s. Meaning of Hold All the Cards To hold all the cards means to have all the resources or advantages needed to be in control of a situation. To be the dominant person in a group, to be in the strongest position, to have an edge, or to have everything in … Read more

Hold All The Aces

Also: Hold all the trumps. Meaning of Idiom ‘Hold All the Aces’ To hold all the aces means to have all the advantages over others (opponents, rivals, etc.); to be likely to win. Compare to hold all the cards.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples Of Use “Right now there is … Read more