Catch Word #191 – Get a hold of yourself!

English expressions can be tricky, especially if they sound the same but have different meanings. Don’t worry, because Andrew and Morag are here to help! Join them for this Catch Word episode as they explain three uses of the expression to get a hold of.


Fun Facts

Depending on the dictionary or grammar website that you consult, you may see a hold written as one word (ahold) or two words (a hold). The one-word version (ahold) is usually not recommended in formal writing, but is becoming more and more common in dialogue or informal writing.

Expressions you’ll learn in this episode:

  • To get a hold of [someone]
  • To get a hold of [something]
  • To get a hold of yourself
  • To pull strings
  • To snap out of it

Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License