I don't hold with hitting children in any circumstances.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: hold, take/get hold of, pick upHold means to have something in your hand, hands, or arms• He was holding a piece of paper.If you want to talk about someone putting their hands or fingers around something and starting to hold it, use take/get hold of• She got hold of the knife and stabbed him.If you want to talk about someone putting their fingers around something and taking it, especially from the floor, use pick up• I picked up all the toys from the floor.!! Use pick not pick up when you are talking about pulling flowers off a plant• She was in the garden picking flowers (NOT She was in the garden picking up flowers).
WORD FOCUS: police WORD FOCUS: police people in the police force:police officer, policeman, policewoman, detective, copinformal the building where the police work:police station what the police do:investigatecrimes, find/collectevidence, arrest people who they think are guilty of a crime,question/interrogate people about crimes,hold/detain people in custody, charge people with crimes,release people if they are innocent ➔ See alsopolice
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.