Bear up, endure, hold on, stand, stand on, hang on, resist


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Actually I know the meanings of all the words I wrote in the title of the thread, but I have some troubles while using these words in daily English. I'm not sure in which case one of them suits best. Please give me some situations/examples that you would use these words. For instance, I can't resist eating chocolate!Like the sentences having close meanings to the one I gave. Thanks in advance.
  • -Even though the chocolate has finished, he's bearing up quite well, enduring the pain that the lack of sweetness causes.
    -A:The chocolate's finished! B:Hold/Hang on, I'm going to buy some!
    -I had to hold on just a little longer, then I could have all the chocolate I wanted!
    -A:And so we bought Choccy energetic chocolate bars... B:Come on, just call them Choccies, no need to stand on formality.
    -It's been 3 weeks since the last bar of chocolate...I need to resist, just another day!

    All sentences that are somewhat related to your addiction to chocolate :p
    Don't know about stand, it can have so many meanings.
    As far as I understand, the meanings of "to bear up","to endure" and "to resist" are so close to each other,but don't you think that "to hold on" and "to hang on" can be used to give the same meaning?Just try to replace them with "to resist" in the first example, do they sound odd?or do they even have no meaning in that kind of a situation?

    Edit: by the way, I forget to thank you:D
    Yes, you could, but there's a fine difference, because they connote a more kind of stubborn, obstinate resistance. Basically if you say hang on or hold on, it means you're really struggling, persevering to resist, they carry a stronger meaning.
    Thank you very much for the clarification,but just one more question(actually the old one in my previous post) demolishing me; do you think that "to bear up","to endure" and "to resist" are interchangeable?
    here's there's another slight difference. Bear up means to resist while remaining cheerful, whereas endure means to resist with patience.

    So basically, resist is the more general word which you could use in any situation, but when you want to be more specific you can use the other ones (though the other ones are often used in a generic way too, you know). It's the kind of the way all similar expressions work.