I don't have any money on me. I'll have to pay you next week. Honestly! I'm not having you on.
Receive a guest in your house
Let's have Mum and Dad over for lunch on Sunday. It's Dad's birthday.
Keep from doing something
The film was so sad I had to hold the tears back.
If your dog bites me I'll call the police. I suggest that you hold him back.
Stop someone attacking you
We held the enemy off for three days until the reinforcements finally arrived.
Offer something to the front
I couldn't believe it. I stood there, held my hand out and he shook it. Can you believe it? I actually shook hands with him. I don't think I'll wash my hand again.
Delay; rob or steal from someone with threats
If traffic hadn't held the police up they might have caught the robbers who held the bank up yesterday. The thieves got away with over ten thousand pounds.
Keep things separate from each other
You should keep matches away from children at all times.
Look! She doesn't like you and you don't like her. I've been asked to keep you away from her. Do you understand?
Prevent someone going to bed
My neighbours had a party till five o'clock this morning. They kept me up all night. I even had to call the police, they were so noisy.
Give up something; establish a rule or law
I think they say, "No greater love has a man than that he should lay his life down for his brother."
Don't you going laying the law down here, young man. You're not the police!
Not taken or allowed out of something or somewhere
I think we should leave the cat in the house tonight. She's scared of fireworks.
You must have left the key in the lock when we left the house. I hope nobody has seen it.
Not switch something off
Leave the computer on. We'll be using it again this afternoon. It'll go into power saving mode after ten minutes anyway.
Not include someone in something
I was never any good at football at school and they always left me out of the team.
Disappoint; make clothes longer
I told you I wouldn't let you down. I know how important this day is to you, so I'll lend you this designer dress. You're a little taller than me so we'll have to let the hem down a bit, but I'm sure you'll look divine.