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English Idiom of the Day – Hold your horses

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 @ 08:03 AM
posted by Jo

Hold your horses

If someone tells you to hold your horses, you are doing something too fast and they would like you to slow down.
Example: "Hold your horses, you haven't thought about this yet." / "Hold your horses, it's not time to go yet, we have to finish one more exercise."
 
Did you know...?  This idiom originates in the United States of America in the 19th century and is historically related to horse riding, or driving a horse-drawn vehicle.  When a horse gets nervous or excited or is in a hurry to leave, you have to hold on to its reins.
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