83. Hold your horses. C1.

Hold your horses

 

Hold on your horses! We aren´t ready to leave yet!

 

Meaning: Wait. This expression is a command that tells someone to stop doing something or to wait for a moment.

 

Hold your horses may also be used to tell someone to think more carefully about what they are doing – to consider their actions before making a rushed decision. You can also use this expression to tell someone to be more patient.

 

Usage:

When could you use this idiom?

· You are telling a child to be patient as they get ready for an exciting trip.
· A colleague is making an important decision without giving it enough thought or consideration.
· Somebody is trying to push in front of you in a queue.
· Your friend is getting ready to leave a restaurant before you have even finished your dessert!

 

Example:

· “Don’t call a taxi yet – hold your horses! We haven’t even finished packing!”

 

 

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