[ hohld-oh-ver ]
/ ˈhoʊldˌoʊ vər /


a person or thing remaining from a former period.
Printing. overset that can be kept for future use.



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Origin of holdover

1885–1890, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hold over
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British Dictionary definitions for holdover

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
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Idioms and Phrases with holdover

hold over


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


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]


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


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]

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