expressions · idiom

Instant Idiom: Hold Your __________

Hold Your __________ – Wait for something that is probably not going to happen, or much later than you thought.

Choose the right answer:

A breath
B tongue
C cough
D stomach

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The right answer is:

holdGarrett Tumlinson

breath.

(This is usually used in the negative: Don’t hold your breath. It means you’re waiting for something that will probably not happen, or it will take much longer than you thought: longer than you can hold your breath).

Here are some examples of how you can use it:

I’ve sent a letter to the insurance claiming the damages, but I’m not holding my breath. It will probably take them a long time to get back to me.

The government says they’re going to cut taxes on basic goods. – Don’t hold your breath. They said that last year too.

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