Get a grip: A hold vs. ahold

Do you find yourself going crazy over these two spellings? Well, get ahold of yourself and read on.

A hold as two words typically is a phrase in which hold means something is being held. For example, you might write She’s really got a hold on me or Jerry has put a hold on any more shipments of that defective product.

Ahold as one word usually is accompanied by the verb get and the preposition of; to wit, Darling, get ahold of yourself! It also can mean “grasp” as in He grabbed ahold of my wrist.

And with that explanation, you now should have a hold on the distinction between these two spellings.