on hold

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on hold (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Delayed; postponed; suspended.
    This project is on hold until we can get more information.
  2. Waiting on a telephone call.
    I have been on hold for 45 minutes listening to a recording about how important my call is to them.
  3. On reserve; being held for someone.
    I have a book on hold for me at the library.
  4. Pertaining to a telephone hold state.
    • 1999, New scientist:
      Now James Kellaris, a professor of marketing at the University of Cincinnati, reports that the sexes respond differently to onhold music.

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