[ hohld-doun ]
/ ˈhoʊldˌdaʊn /
a clamp for holding a metal piece, as a sheet being deep-drawn, to prevent distortion or movement.
restraint or limitation short of reduction, especially on costs: a substantial holddown on military spending.
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Origin of holddown
First recorded in 1885–90; noun use of verb phrase hold down
Words nearby holddown
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British Dictionary definitions for holddown
verb (tr, adverb)
to restrain or control
informal to manage to retain or keep possession ofto hold down two jobs at once
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Idioms and Phrases with holddown
Also, keep down. Limit, restrain, as in Please hold down the noise. [First half of 1500s] Also see keep down.
Work at or discharge one's duties satisfactorily, as in He managed to hold down two jobs at the same time. [Colloquial; 1800s]
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