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Welcome to Daily English, your space to learn and understand English idioms. Each week, we explore a new idiom, explain what it means, where it comes from, and show you how to use it in everyday conversations. Are you ready?

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Hold Your Horses

Meaning

The idiom "hold your horses" means to slow down or wait. It is often used to tell someone to be patient and not hurry.

Example Sentences

1. Hold your horses! We haven't finished setting up the decorations yet.

2. I know you're excited but hold your horses. We need to make sure everything is ready first.

3. Hold your horses, we'll get there on time. There's no need to rush.

 

Origin

The phrase "hold your horses" comes from the 19th century when people used horses for transportation. Riders had to physically hold their horses to stop them from moving forward. Over time, this phrase started to mean "wait" or "be patient."

Usage Tips

· Context: Use this phrase in casual conversations when someone is being impatient or in a hurry.

· Tone: You can say it in a gentle or firm way, depending on how you want to communicate.

· Alternatives: Other ways to say "hold your horses" include "slow down," "wait a minute," or "be patient."

Fun Fact

In some languages, there are similar phrases with different animals or contexts. For example, in Russian, there's a phrase that means "don't run ahead of the locomotive," which also advises someone to be patient.

Understanding idioms helps you speak more naturally and understand English better. Stay tuned to Daily English for more idioms every week

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