Idioms

Origin of hold

1
before 900; Middle English holden, Old English h(e)aldan; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Norse halda, Old Saxon, Gothic haldan, Old High German haltan (German halten)

Related forms

hold·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

8. See have. 9. See contain. 11. See maintain.
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British Dictionary definitions for hold down (1 of 3)

hold down

verb (tr, adverb)

to restrain or control
informal to manage to retain or keep possession ofto hold down two jobs at once

British Dictionary definitions for hold down (2 of 3)

hold

1
/ (həʊld) /

verb holds, holding or held (hɛld)


noun

Derived Forms

holdable, adjective

Word Origin for hold

Old English healdan; related to Old Norse halla, Gothic haldan, German halten

British Dictionary definitions for hold down (3 of 3)

hold

2
/ (həʊld) /

noun

the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

Word Origin for hold

C16: variant of hole
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Idioms and Phrases with hold down (1 of 2)

hold down

1

Also, keep down. Limit, restrain, as in Please hold down the noise. [First half of 1500s] Also see keep down.


2

Work at or discharge one's duties satisfactorily, as in He managed to hold down two jobs at the same time. [Colloquial; 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with hold down (2 of 2)

hold

In addition to the idioms beginning with hold

  • hold a candle to, not
  • hold against
  • hold a grudge
  • hold a gun to someone's head
  • hold all the aces
  • hold at bay
  • hold back
  • hold court
  • hold down
  • hold everything
  • hold forth
  • hold good
  • hold it
  • hold no brief for
  • hold off
  • hold on
  • hold one's breath
  • hold one's end up
  • hold one's fire
  • hold one's head high
  • hold one's horses
  • hold one's own
  • hold one's peace
  • hold one's temper
  • hold one's tongue
  • hold on to
  • hold on to your hat
  • hold out
  • hold out on
  • hold over
  • hold someone's feet to the fire
  • hold still for
  • hold sway over
  • hold the bag
  • hold the fort
  • hold the line
  • hold the phone
  • hold the purse strings
  • hold to
  • hold true
  • hold up
  • hold water
  • hold with
  • hold your

also see:

  • (hold) at bay
  • bear (hold) a grudge
  • get hold of
  • hang (hold) on to your hat
  • have a hold over
  • lay hold of
  • leave holding the bag
  • no holds barred
  • on hold
  • (hold the) purse strings
  • stand (hold) one's ground
  • take hold

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