To get ready for trouble; take precautions; buckle your seat belts: Hold onto your hats for the craziest ride through the truth that’s ever been done on television (1970s+)
- Hold on to your hat
see: hang on to your hat
[hohld-out] /ˈhoʊldˌaʊt/ noun 1. an act or instance of holding out. 2. a person who delays signing a contract in hopes of gaining more favorable terms: The basketball star was a holdout until they offered more money. 3. a person who declines to participate, cooperate, agree, etc.: Aside from one or two holdouts, everyone contributed. […]
[hohld] /hoʊld/ verb (used with object), held; held or (Archaic) holden; holding. 1. to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child’s hand in his. 2. to set aside; reserve or retain: to hold merchandise until called for; to hold a reservation. […]
- Hold out on
verb phrase see: hold out , def. 4.