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holdfast

[hohld-fast, -fahst] /ˈhoʊldˌfæst, -ˌfɑst/
noun
1.
something used to hold or secure a thing in place; a catch, hook, clamp, etc.
2.
Botany, Mycology. any of several rootlike or suckerlike organs or parts serving for attachment.
Origin of holdfast
1550-1560
First recorded in 1550-60; noun use of verb phrase hold fast
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  • He then began to wander, and holdfast's question remained unanswered.

  • Oh, no,” was the reply; “Mr. holdfast had not yet come back.

    Great Porter Square, v. 2 Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
  • Small wonder that Mr. holdfast was captivated by them and by her beauty!

    Great Porter Square, v. 1 Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
  • But even this money,” said Mr. holdfast to her, “would not last for ever.

    Great Porter Square, v. 1 Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
  • Mr. holdfast was touched to his inmost soul by the pathos of this situation.

    Great Porter Square, v. 1 Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
  • Colonel holdfast looked up from his papers with a "Well, what now?"

    Brother Against Brother John Roy Musick
  • Colonel holdfast's cavalry was at first held in reserve at the foot of the hill.

    Brother Against Brother John Roy Musick
  • "It's a question which will last longer, the ship or the boat," said Mr. holdfast.

    Facing the World Horatio Alger
  • What do you think has become of Captain Hill and his companions, Mr. holdfast?

    Facing the World Horatio Alger
  • All eyes were turned upon the captain, as Mr. holdfast was now called.

    Facing the World Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for holdfast

holdfast

/ˈhəʊldˌfɑːst/
noun
1.
  1. the act of gripping strongly
  2. such a grip
2.
any device used to secure an object, such as a hook, clamp, etc
3.
the organ of attachment of a seaweed or related plant
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