214 Comments on “English Idioms – ‘Hold’”

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Thanks that was very helpful and clear.

Thursday, November 20th 2008

    My pleasure, Ana.

    Sunday, January 11th 2009

      Hey James,
      Please don’t hold your peace!
      And same as always keep your ground ^

      Thursday, September 17th 2015

      can i have your Facebook Acc please ?

      Thursday, April 28th 2016

    Yes thank you a lot. it’s more than clear and it’s not boring at all.

    Tuesday, September 20th 2011

Your video is great and fun to me . I really want to learn English from you .Thank you for your help

Wednesday, December 3rd 2008

Thanks, I am getting more from this website.

Monday, December 29th 2008

James, I would like to ask you for giving some explanations about phrasal verbs in order to clear up the differences involving “out, on , in, off, etc” , as you did explaning “up” so properly.

Thanks in advance.

Best wishes! God bless you!

Wednesday, January 28th 2009

There are a lot more idioms of word hold. I.e. Hold someone hostage, hold someone’s attention, hold something against, hold out for, hold a grudge, etc

Thanks for your lesson of “Hold”

Sunday, March 1st 2009

Hi James! i am so happy I have found your site. English is my hobby, but I am too old to join to any course neither is too expensive for me. Now I am not alone with my learning. I think there are a lot of mistakes. Please forgive me!
Thanks for your lessons!

Wednesday, May 6th 2009

dear James
I find a new Idiom:to get a hold of yourself.

It means to calm down or to relax before you react .
Thanks a lot best wishes

Friday, May 8th 2009

Hi James

Thank you for this video !

Tuesday, May 26th 2009

It is good sometimes to hold the candy to the devil.
Lo and be hold.
hold forth.

Sunday, June 21st 2009

hihi James thxx god to knew this site they so helpful i love it all viedo =] i like when u teach it fun =]

Friday, July 3rd 2009

indeed thank you so much

Tuesday, July 21st 2009

it’s very good… thank u

Thursday, July 23rd 2009

James thank, this class was very important. James you are very kind

Tuesday, August 4th 2009

Thanks James for this lesson, I think it was a good and very important for me, and what does means if I tell somebady Hold off or hold out?

Thursday, September 3rd 2009

Hi, I really liked the way you taught. It was very funny. Your teaching was excellent and i learned very important lessons today the uses of hold in idioms. It was really helpful to me. I believe i could improve my fluency n will be able to speak as fluent as others.Thanks a lot.

Thursday, September 10th 2009

Hi, James.
You are one of most great teacher that a know.

From Nicaragua

Monday, September 14th 2009

Hi! ohh really you are the best teacher that i see in my life, i just see two days, but i learned a lot so from yesterdar i will see forever/ thanks..

Thursday, October 1st 2009

Hi James, Great Job.

One more question, which is grammatically correct like ,”
Sign in the back of your check please,
Please, Sign on the back of your check,


Thursday, October 22nd 2009


Great job.

Tks from Brazil.

Saturday, October 24th 2009

I want to ask about hold my ground? It’s not change my position or my decision, is it?

Saturday, November 14th 2009

i like the way you instruct …thanks

Monday, December 7th 2009

please teach us how to use logically, ironically, literally, technically, and basically in a sentence.
thanks a lot

Tuesday, December 22nd 2009

amazing the way u taught its very interesting way f learning. I really want to learn english.

Tuesday, January 26th 2010

thanks alot bro. that was a great video i’ve ever seen

Sunday, January 31st 2010

I love you jamessssssssssss thank’s alot

Thursday, February 18th 2010

You’re awesome man … i’ll try to get a hold of you when i come to Canada and thank you in person ;)

Monday, April 26th 2010

your teaching is as smart as you. very good. I like your style of explanation

Saturday, May 8th 2010

James rulezzzz!

Sunday, May 16th 2010

u ar so cool!

Sunday, June 6th 2010


Saturday, June 12th 2010

Dear James

I’d like to thank you so much for this lesson,which is very helpful for me

Please I need your advice to get more Idioms!!!

looking foreword for your reply

God bless you

Tuesday, June 15th 2010

great job james, you’re a very good teacher!

“I can stand my ground”

has the same meaning of

“I can hold my own” ?

thanks in advance !

Saturday, June 26th 2010

thank you james ,,,you are amazing and clever to teach…

Friday, July 9th 2010

great job james.. thank you for sharing! God Bless!

Saturday, July 10th 2010

Hi there . I really have some problems to learn a new worlds so if somebody knows simple thing that would help me ,i would be glad thinks a lot

Tuesday, July 13th 2010

Hello, James. I love your teaching style very much.

Tuesday, July 13th 2010

nice one thanks teacher!!

Wednesday, July 14th 2010

I like the expñanation, is my first time at this site. I will try learning more and more.

Sunday, July 18th 2010

hi James .Thanks for your efforts .I am studying from what you teach especially Idioms and vocab to enrich my english because I am in English department thank you

Monday, July 19th 2010

Hi James! Thank’s A Lot Very Good Leeson So Useful And So Clear to Understand!
U Are An Excellent Teacher!

Saturday, July 24th 2010

You make learning idioms so easy. Thanks. I like your style of presenting your lessons.

Sunday, July 25th 2010

good .!

Saturday, July 31st 2010

Hi James!
Thanks for your wonderful lesson, I’ll hold my ground to learn from you :)))

Monday, August 2nd 2010

Can we say (hold your horses with your students??)
Thank you

Sunday, August 8th 2010

i like ur teaching style but u speak little fast and thnk for your wonderful lesson

Monday, August 16th 2010

your so cool..!

Wednesday, August 25th 2010

Thank u so much for your funny and benifficial lessons
I actually appreciate you
My regards

Friday, August 27th 2010

Tank you!

Monday, August 30th 2010

thank you JAMES ^0^

Friday, September 3rd 2010

thanks a lot. you are amazing james (:

Monday, September 6th 2010

really very helpful
i love all of you Guys

Tuesday, September 7th 2010

Hi James, I have learned a lot from you! I really get out of the videos that you recorded about different lesson!
Thanks a lot
From Afghanistan

Saturday, September 11th 2010

Hi james i really i appreciate your help man, watching your videos it makes me feel like I’m in the school i do watch them every single day ,I also would like to share this Idiom that we do say most of the time in USA , Chill out … it means cool down.

Thursday, September 23rd 2010

thnx from Azerbaijan

Thursday, September 30th 2010

i like this video learning english because it can help me to improve my english skill when i study everytime.

Saturday, October 9th 2010

Hold someone down = oppress, keep the job, support and protect. Please correct if I’m wrong… bye

Tuesday, October 12th 2010

tnx dude. that was clear as a bell..

Thursday, October 14th 2010

James, I have been watching your lessons for the last week, and I think you are a gifted teacher. Bravo!

Friday, October 15th 2010

hold it right there, stop holding me back,holding hands.

Thursday, October 21st 2010

i just like your way of teaching james that’s pretty interesting i hope i will an english teacher like you

Sunday, October 24th 2010

it s very interresting think you

Thursday, November 25th 2010

Hi James, your lessons are very fun and easy to follow your explanations. Thanks.

Wednesday, December 1st 2010

Hi James
There are many other idioms using the word “hold”.
Here they are:
-Hold cheap
-Hold good
-Hold hard!
-Take hold (Private universities take hold in Germany).
-leave one’s hold of smth. (Toryism is beginning to lose its hold on many of its former middle class supporters)

Monday, December 6th 2010

thanks for lesson.

Monday, December 20th 2010

You are a good actor, thanks from Spain

Thursday, February 10th 2011

wow, I do love it. These idioms are so cool! And they help me in school on my English lessons. Thanks a lot!

Saturday, February 19th 2011

    Do James your best teacher??

    Monday, March 28th 2011

i hope you can have more videos to watch for idioms!

Sunday, February 20th 2011

hey James! thanks for the lecture, it helped a lot. please kindly give a lecture on “will and would” , where to use them? can we use would instead of “WILL”?

Thursday, April 7th 2011

hold back- to not to do something, hold off- wait

Monday, April 11th 2011

Thanks alot form your helpful vedio and I hope to make many of the same vedio thanks again

Wednesday, April 27th 2011

Thanks. Great job. I learned a lot.

Friday, April 29th 2011

“Hold on” is for phone conversations or we can use it in different situation?

Saturday, April 30th 2011

Hi James. Thanks for your wonderful way of teaching. I’m a teacher and an MA TEFL student. I’m doing my thesis on idioms.
Are these idioms the most frequently used ones in a native setting?Since I’m non-native it’s hard to recognize and select the most useful idioms.I haven’t find any frequency list for this purpose yet.

Sunday, May 1st 2011

You were brilliant!!!!!!!!
Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 2nd 2011

hold court (to attract people who want your attention ) I have a bulk of English lesson so would you publish my lesson to your website

Wednesday, May 18th 2011

Hold court (to attract people who want your attention)
This is Rohtash Kumar English trainer so would u publish my lesson to ur site

Wednesday, May 18th 2011

great job love it from mexico come up with new vids

Thursday, May 26th 2011

you are a great teacher

Monday, May 30th 2011

I’d to ask you a leson about Already when i can use it .

Thursday, June 2nd 2011

Hi James,how you are doing?
Iwanna ask u something
if someone says”hold the line” what do they mean?


Thursday, June 2nd 2011

Hi James, u r great. Tell me please, what does it mean: “Here (there) we go” ?
Thank you.

Friday, June 10th 2011

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.
to all teacher.

Monday, June 20th 2011

Dear Mr. James,
Request for next lesson : different/when we use “Lot of” and “Many” ?
Thank you.
Best Regards.

Saturday, June 25th 2011

hahahah D)) Mr. James, you’ve got shot.

Saturday, June 25th 2011

thanks to all teachers and its was realy bombastic lesson!

Monday, June 27th 2011

I really aprreciate your fun and ever energetic lesson. Your video gives me a great time to improve my ENglish feeling cheerful as I watching it. Best wishes!! from Korea.

Wednesday, July 6th 2011

james. your lessons is fun. thanks.

Wednesday, July 13th 2011

james your way of teaching is amazing. can you help me regarding speech fluency.

Monday, July 25th 2011

wow….fantastic,,,i learn more on your lesson…thanks a lot.

Tuesday, July 26th 2011

helpful lesson ,very good job,,,

Tuesday, August 9th 2011


Wednesday, August 10th 2011

Thank you for your lessons. I like them a lot.

Saturday, August 13th 2011

One more expression: “She doesn’t hold a candle to you” = She has so much less quality than you that the comparison can’t even be done. (But to tell the truth, I don’t see the connection with the candle!!!)

Sunday, August 21st 2011

Its very interesting

Saturday, August 27th 2011

Hold on to your hat!!!! Get ready, hold on tight, we’re in for a ride!

Monday, August 29th 2011

thanks sir james..your videos make me learn and laugh at the same time. cheers!!!

Saturday, September 3rd 2011

Thank you james, i reeally enjoy your f**king teaching way, ’cause you’re f**king good at it.

Wednesday, September 7th 2011


Hold off…


Saturday, September 10th 2011

hey man.good job

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

Great lesson.
Thanks from Poland

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

Thank you for your lesson, sir james =)
That was very helpful =)

Sunday, September 25th 2011

I like your videos,

Thursday, September 29th 2011

Hold your hand, hold your head up high, hold your hats…

Friday, October 7th 2011

Hold hold hold, he he he..

Tuesday, October 11th 2011

i really dont know what to say .

u are helping many people

Thursday, October 13th 2011

hold your body it means to take your shirt

Saturday, October 15th 2011

u r the best James!!!
I like your lessons
I learn a lot with you man

Tuesday, October 25th 2011

hey guys would you like to tell me the meaning of point out and figure out?

Saturday, November 5th 2011

I am m. bux I like your idioms and your teaching. due to tese idoms my speaking power is very good thank you from pakistan

Monday, November 7th 2011

I am M. bux from pakistan like your idioms . thankyou

Monday, November 7th 2011

thank a lot all! teacher
you are very kind
you teach me without cost
I do love you idiom so much

Thursday, November 10th 2011

so tnx,
take hold n hold hard mean what plz??

Thursday, November 17th 2011

thanks james,,from dominican republic,,you are very clear, in all your lessons and not boring

Wednesday, November 30th 2011

Thank`s a lot sir.James realy your lessons are the best. Ant plase tell me how poseble learn English “fastly and avtomatikly” becouse I have got work whis forigne nationalety and olvase I have problem for tolking English.

Sunday, December 25th 2011

I hold you resbonsplity

Tuesday, January 10th 2012


Jeams is the best teacher, pretty cleary and funny clases.
Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, January 17th 2012

thank you it’s really useful :)

Tuesday, January 24th 2012

wow I really love your lessons, i can understand everyhing clear :)

Friday, January 27th 2012

JAmes your lessons are very helpful…
Thanks from Azerbaijan..

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

Thanks James,your lessons are very interesting and helpful…..

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

Hi James thanks for a lessons, i like your lessons, thanks and waiting for new

Tuesday, February 7th 2012

Hi, james, great lesson, I hope remeber all in my next english test,specially listening skills.

Wednesday, February 8th 2012

it’s realy very nice thanks

Wednesday, March 7th 2012

That was an awesome way to convey the whole presentations with well chosen words or examples .

Saturday, March 24th 2012

Thank you!

Thursday, April 5th 2012

    don’t thank, give your money

    Friday, April 13th 2012

Speak your piece means “state your opinion or view.”

Friday, April 13th 2012

hold one’s breath = cease breathing temporarily
hold it! = calm down!

Sunday, July 1st 2012

Dear teacher..
Could you explain ‘..easy to get hold of(f)’. Not sure about single or double ‘f’

Wednesday, July 4th 2012

You are great Teacher!

Wednesday, July 11th 2012

Hi James! I have heard this: “hold me” or “can I hold you?” is that mean to give a hug? I’m not sure about that. Thanks a lot

Thursday, July 12th 2012

nice lesson

Sunday, July 22nd 2012

that’s awesome, thank u so much James:)

Thursday, August 2nd 2012

Thanks for your illustration. there is two idioms came out from the top of my head
1-to hold a grudge
2-to hold down the fort

Saturday, August 25th 2012

Hi James it’s nice and you funny thanks

Sunday, September 2nd 2012

Customer orders a hamberger and he said:”hold tomato and onion” what is that means?

Thursday, September 6th 2012

    It means “don’t put tomato and onion on it”.

    Friday, September 7th 2012

Thank you. You really make me understood.I like the way you teach

Tuesday, September 18th 2012

Thanks that was very good

Monday, November 19th 2012

thanks Mr I like your way of teaching

Friday, November 23rd 2012

Hi,I think in many of your videos you are talking too fast,and we learners have difficulty to understand,please speak more slowly,anyway Thank you for your job!

Monday, November 26th 2012

Thanks James, these lessons are excellent….

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013

thank you very much.You explained very well.I glad for you that you explain so good.

Monday, February 25th 2013

hi James,
Out of all the teachers, you have the greatest sense of humour, and your explanations are shagging great! Keep uploading vids mate:) I’ve just started watching them and enjoy them a lot!Warm greetings from Budapest, Hungary! Anett

Tuesday, February 26th 2013

Thank you James. You are a very good teacher.

Saturday, March 2nd 2013

Hello James! Your “w” letters on domain name looks like a breast and buttocks :) Realy! And so sory my poor English.

Sunday, March 3rd 2013

Excellent T-shirt!

Sunday, March 24th 2013

thanks a lot

Monday, April 1st 2013

Not always i understand the meaning in previous lessons but this time it was excellent, thank you James

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

thanks :)

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

good lesson ……..liked it.

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

good lesson!

Friday, July 5th 2013

thanks a lot

Sunday, July 7th 2013

Thank you!

Tuesday, August 6th 2013

haahhahahahaha!!!! hold on! ahahahhaha!!! i´m Laughing!!! oh yeah! uuf!! you´re Sooo Funny man! haahhaha!!! good Video!

Monday, August 19th 2013

I love your style James :)

Tuesday, August 27th 2013

James u are the best teacher ever! I love the way u explain and I soooo much love ur humor sense! I love you so much and yeah I’ll never forget about STD :D (if u get what I mean) <3

Thursday, January 30th 2014

James you are such a good teacher.Will you explain me.How to use pain-sore-hurt.Please reply Or you can write me under which lesson I can find it.
Thanks for response.

Friday, February 28th 2014

thanks for the class i realy enjoy learning in this way

Monday, March 24th 2014

just great! thank you!

Tuesday, April 15th 2014

thanks so much

Thursday, May 1st 2014


Thursday, May 22nd 2014

i love you jams <3

Saturday, June 28th 2014

thanks james :d u r great teacher. It was useful and also funny

Sunday, August 31st 2014

you are so great! thanks

Thursday, September 18th 2014

great as usual

Wednesday, October 8th 2014

the lesson was informative and funny :)
thank you! ;)

Monday, November 10th 2014

Hey james you are very confident with you are doing on videos.İt makes you productive also.Your lessons are very catchy but I have one little wish that your videos can be little longer 10 minutes it is not enough man, too short; but I m sure there is a reason for it though. Anyways I would spend my whole time by listen to you if there is more and longer video in this side, honestly.

Saturday, December 20th 2014

Do your own web site also, like is that okay for you ? I am not joking you are succesfull as much as the next guy with your body language and acting skills on tv programs. You can make more money:) and also more importantly, get help with much more people who wanst to learn english.

Saturday, December 20th 2014

Big thanks, very helpful.

Wednesday, January 28th 2015

hi James,
thanks a lot. Please give a quiz…

Thursday, January 29th 2015

don’t get the “hold your piece” one

Monday, March 16th 2015

I really like this video. Old on!!!
Thx james :) !

Sunday, May 3rd 2015

Hey James… Amazing video! Thank you so much…
I won’t hold my peace until I learn all these idioms…

Sunday, May 24th 2015

Hello James, thanks a lot for this lesson and all of your works.

Monday, June 1st 2015

I need to talk with you Teacher:James as soon as possible

Monday, August 17th 2015

thank you very much

Tuesday, October 6th 2015

Thank you a lot James!Your lessons are great!And i loooveee your sense of humor…makes this much more interesting!

Saturday, October 17th 2015

Hi James,
thank you so much, but I have one question, What is different between hold my own and hold my ground?

Saturday, October 24th 2015

O, it’s very interesting.I can use one word(hold) in difference meaning.
Thanks for your lesson.

Friday, October 30th 2015

Hi James!
You are such a great teacher! I think you were born to teach :) I know it’s not easy and very nervous job.
Thank you so much, dear teacher!

Monday, November 23rd 2015

Hi James. I’m really appreciating what you are doing here for foreign language students(which means for me at the same time), and i just wanted to say-probably you won’t but- if you need any turkish-english translation for anything, i can do my best with pleasure. Thanks for the lesson.

Tuesday, December 1st 2015

Very nice teacher, I have learned many things from your lesson

Monday, December 21st 2015

Hold on, Hold on, first of all the Batman t-shirt is awesome! Introducing myself as a fan/student Hi James ;-)

Sunday, February 21st 2016

Thanks for this lesson.

Sunday, February 28th 2016

Amazing!!! It helped me a lot.

Tuesday, April 5th 2016

thank you

Tuesday, May 17th 2016

Thank you so much, very useful.

Saturday, July 9th 2016

Where is the quiz?

Sunday, August 28th 2016

If anyone say, ‘Stop studying English!’, I’ll hold my ground. Thank you.

Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Oh, it’s very useful) Thank’s a lot))

Friday, November 4th 2016

A lot of meanings the word “hold” has, but it’s easy to remember them when you listen a teacher explaining each case or form, more than read them beacause some time it’s boring to read a lot. Thanks.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

Thanks !

Wednesday, February 1st 2017

Any Quiz?

Tuesday, June 13th 2017

thank you so much the lesson war so good

Monday, July 24th 2017

Your pronunciation is good

Friday, August 4th 2017

Thank you

Friday, September 29th 2017

can you PLS make a video about SUBJECT VERB AGREEMENT

Friday, October 20th 2017


Friday, October 20th 2017

So cool, thanks James!

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018


Sunday, January 28th 2018

wooowwww goood….. I like it

Tuesday, February 13th 2018

That was an excellent lesson !

Thanks James

Friday, June 29th 2018

Hi James, i learn a lot with your videos. Thankyou. I like your style :)

Monday, August 27th 2018

So great

Thursday, February 14th 2019

Hello James,
How can I contact you? Please help me! I have many questions for you

Thursday, August 29th 2019

hey james ! i’m so pleasure to watch somebody like you and after watching you r videos i’m holding my own to be perfect in speaking English and nobody say to me hold your peace because i speak wrong .hold me on 1 month and i will be fluent in English

Monday, November 11th 2019

Thank you for all videos im from Poland and i want to develop my language skills so you are the best teacher for me <3

Monday, April 6th 2020

thank you so much your the best teacher i have ever known

Thursday, June 11th 2020

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