Common Expressions Hold Your Horses Learn English Podcast 187

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talk about the vocabulary first to hold is a very common english verb and it's got lots of meanings basically if you hold something you have it in your hand or your arms it's there with you you can hold a kitten you can hold a baby but to hold means lots of other things too it can be one of those phrasal verbs so you can hold on to something it means you won't let it go or you can hold out on something or someone that means you refuse to act refuse to change until you're ready to if you hold something up it means you delay it there are many others so to hold has lots of meanings and the horse you probably already know a horse is an animal with four legs and it's fairly unique because it's the animal that you are most likely to ride if you ride a horse that means you sit on its back clippity-clop is the noise in english that its hooves its feet make when you ride a horse there's another nice english common expression for you clippity-clop not that so night horses hooves so when would someone use the common expression hold your horses well I guess they might say it in the literal meaning or more likely you'll hear it being used figuratively so the literal meaning first of all my son has recently started horse riding some good friends have introduced us to a lady who has horses and he goes out on a Sunday morning and is learning to ride my like horses but there is a lot of caution with new riders a lot of concern because horses sometimes can be a bit unpredictable you don't know what they're going to do horses may get frightened then they decide to go faster than you want them to go so it's normal to lead horses when you have a new rider and if you're leading the horse and it's your job to hold on tight if the horse wants to go faster than you do or to hold your horses in this literal meaning means hold on tight something may happen which could frighten the horse or excite the horse and you need to make sure you don't let go so don't let the horses go yet hold your horses make those horses wait a moment there can be impatient sometimes so hopefully that's clear that's the literal meaning of hold your horses but if we're using this phrase figuratively or metaphorically well when someone says hold your horses the suggestion is that you're going too fast you're getting ahead of yourself it may be that other things need converse before the thing that you want to happen can so when my children are settling down to watch a TV program and they've not done their job of washing up I might say hold your horses what about the dishes I always makes me popular of course but never mind dishes need to be done might be getting ready to go out and your husband is sitting in the car with the engine going expecting to set off at any moment and you might say to him hold your horses I just want to put some washing on or hold your horses you need to make a phone call before we set off or someone may be in a hurry to go and buy a car and when you say hold your horses you need to check the cars details out first to make sure that it's okay to buy it so I hope that makes sense that's another common English phrase that you now know hold your horses let's do a couple of sentences for you to repeat after me using the common English phrase hold your horses I'll say them three times and leave space for you to repeat here goes just hold your horses let's think about this for a moment just hold your horses let's think about this for a moment just hold your horses let's think about this for a moment is a minute I think we may have taken a wrong turning hold your horses a minute I think we may have taken a wrong turning hold your horses a minute I think we may have taken a wrong turning she told him to hold his horses she wasn't ready to get married yet she told him to hold his horses she wasn't ready to get married yet she told him to hold his horses she wasn't ready to get married yet so I hope this common expression hold your horses is now something that 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