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Idioms for hold

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)

synonym study for hold

8. See have. 9. See contain. 11. See maintain.

OTHER WORDS FROM hold

hold·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hold over (1 of 3)

hold over

verb (tr, mainly adverb)

to defer consideration of or action on
to postpone for a further period
to prolong (a note, chord, etc) from one bar to the next
(preposition) to intimidate (a person) with (a threat)

noun holdover US and Canadian informal

an elected official who continues in office after his term has expired
a performer or performance continuing beyond the original engagement

British Dictionary definitions for hold over (2 of 3)

hold1
/ (həʊld) /

verb holds, holding or held (hɛld)

noun

Derived forms of hold

holdable, adjective

Word Origin for hold

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

British Dictionary definitions for hold over (3 of 3)

hold2
/ (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 over (1 of 2)

hold over

1

Postpone or delay, as in Let's hold this matter over until the next meeting. [Mid-1800s]

2

Keep something in a position or state beyond the normal period, as in The film was to be held over for another week. [First half of 1900s]

3

Continue in office past the normal period, as in The committee chair held over until they could find a suitable replacement. [Mid-1600s]

4

hold something over someone. Have an advantage or use a threat to control someone. For example, They knew he'd been caught shoplifting and were sure to hold it over him. [Second half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with hold over (2 of 2)

hold

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