Stine was arrested and booked with four misdemeanors including resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. He was also charged with felony robbery for the incident and is being held on an additional $50,000 bond.

As I understand "being held on an additional $50,000 bond", it means Stine was taken into custody and he would be bailed out after he pays that additional $50,000 bond. Is my understanding to that phrase correct? why is 'on' used? Maybe, it's just an idiomatic usage in that setting and there is no reason for it. I figure "being held over an additional $50,000 bond" probably denotes the same meaning here. I am unsure if "held on" is a set phrase here.

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  • "hold on a bond" is read more smoothly.
    – Zhang
    Aug 13 '18 at 3:02
  • @马化腾 but it's actually "being held on a bond".
    – dan
    Aug 13 '18 at 4:15

You are correct: it is indeed a purely idiomatic expression, and there is no reason for it beyond that. When someone is being held in jail, that person is being held on a certain bond, and also held on certain criminal charges.

Held over is used in relation to a trial or arraignment: someone is held over for trial or held over for arraignment.

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