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hold
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bag holds sth
▪ I don't think that bag will hold all those books..
a container holds sth
▪ How much liquid will this container hold?
a court rules/orders/holds sth
▪ The court ruled that the penalty was not excessive.
a trial is held
▪ We believe the trial will be held sometime next month.
be held without bail
▪ He was being held without bail pending another hearing.
be held/kept in custody
▪ The men have been held in custody since they were arrested.
be stuck/caught/held up in traffic
▪ Sorry I’m late – I was stuck in traffic.
bear/hold etc no grudge
▪ He insisted that he held no grudge against Taylor.
caught hold of
▪ Miss Perry caught hold of my sleeve and pulled me back.
deeply held
deeply held religious beliefs
funeral...held
▪ The funeral will be held at St. Martin’s Church.
grabbed hold of
▪ Kay grabbed hold of my arm to stop herself falling.
hang on a sec/hold on a sec/just a sec etc (=wait a short time)
▪ ‘Is Al there?’ ‘Hold on a sec, I’ll check.’
have/hold a competition
▪ Each year the school holds a painting competition.
have/hold a contest
▪ My college holds an athletics contest once a year.
have/hold a festival
▪ Tucson had a film festival last month.
have/hold a grudge
▪ The police asked if anyone might have had a grudge against the victim.
have/hold a lease
▪ Who has the lease on the flat?
have/hold a majority
▪ The Democratic party has a majority in the Senate.
have/hold a passport
▪ I have a Canadian passport.
have/hold a reception
▪ The wedding reception will be held at The Grand Hotel.
have/hold a seat
▪ The Liberals now hold 292 seats in Parliament.
have/hold a view (=have an opinion)
▪ He has very left-wing views.
have/hold an election
▪ The government plans to hold an election in November.
have/hold an evening (=organize an event in the evening)
▪ The college is holding an open evening on May 6th for year 9 to 11 pupils.
have/hold an opinion
▪ Everyone seemed to have a different opinion.
▪ He holds strong opinions on these issues.
have/hold dominion over sb/sth
▪ The King held dominion over a vast area.
have/hold talks
▪ He called on the rebels to hold talks with the government.
have/hold/carry a gun
▪ I could see he was carrying a gun.
have/hold/own shares
▪ A lot of the employees own shares in the company.
held a ballot
▪ Workers at the plant held a ballot and rejected strike action.
held accountable
▪ The hospital should be held accountable for the quality of care it gives.
held captive (=kept as a prisoner)
▪ a pilot who was held captive for six years
held hostage to
▪ Our country must not be held hostage to our past.
held in detention
▪ Willis was held in detention for five years.
held in escrow
▪ a property held in escrow
held in great affection (=loved and cared about a lot)
▪ The church was held in great affection by the local residents.
held in store
▪ As we left, I wondered what the future held in store.
held in trust
▪ The money your father left you will be held in trust until you are 21.
held incommunicado
▪ He is reportedly being held incommunicado at a military prison.
held sacred
▪ He had no respect for everything I held sacred.
held up to ridicule (=suffered ridicule)
▪ The government’s proposals were held up to ridicule by opposition ministers.
held...press conference
▪ The Green Party held a press conference the next day.
hold a belief
▪ He held this belief until the day he died.
hold a ceremony
▪ A ceremony was held in Berlin to mark the occasion.
hold a class (=provide a class)
▪ Evening classes are held in the local school.
hold a clinic (=arrange for a clinic to take place)
▪ The hospital holds vaccination clinics once a fortnight.
hold a clue (also yield a clueformal) (= provide one)
▪ The poem itself holds a clue about who it was written for.
hold a conference (=have one)
▪ Their annual conference was held in Chicago.
hold a consultation
▪ Further consultations will be held with local residents.
hold a degreeformal (= have one)
▪ The ideal candidate will hold a degree in physical chemistry.
hold a feast (=arrange for a feast to take place)
▪ The feast was held in the college dining hall.
hold a knife
▪ In his hand, he held a long knife.
hold a licenceBritish English (= have a licence)
▪ Police said that the man did not hold a firearms licence.
hold a meetingformal (= have a meeting)
▪ The meetings are usually held on a Friday. 
hold a party
▪ The party was held at his flat.
hold a position (=have it)
▪ She had previously held a senior position in another school.
hold a position (=stay in a position)
▪ Pull in your tummy muscles and hold that position.
hold a post (=have a job)
▪ He had previously held the post of Foreign Minister.
hold a race
▪ The race will be held on February 25th.
hold a rank
▪ From 1 Dec 1914 to 31 Oct 1915 he held the rank of captain.
hold a record (=have it)
▪ Davies holds the record for most points in a season.
hold an execution (=carry one out)
▪ The executions will be held later today.
hold an inquiry
▪ The government has refused to hold an inquiry into the incident.
hold back the tears (=not cry even though you feel like crying)
▪ She gave her version of events, often struggling to hold back the tears.
hold down a job (=keep a job)
▪ He had never been able to hold down a job.
hold hands (with sb)
▪ Joanne and Kevin held hands on the sofa.
hold office (=have a particular important job or position)
▪ Trujillo held office as finance minister.
hold out hope (=say that you think something is likely)
▪ Negotiators did not hold out much hope of a peaceful solution.
hold power (=be in power)
▪ Economic disaster befell the country during the decade when he held power.
hold promise (=seem likely to be good or successful – used of things)
▪ The Internet clearly held great promise as an educational tool.
hold sb in high/great esteem
▪ The critics held him in high esteem as an actor.
hold sb responsible (for sth)
▪ If anything goes wrong, I will hold you personally responsible.
hold sb to their promise (=make them keep it)
▪ The next day, Gareth held me to my promise to take him fishing.
hold sb up as an example (=use someone as a good example of something)
▪ He was held up as an example to the younger athletes.
hold sb/sth in contempt (=have a low opinion of something or someone, and show it)
▪ He was one of those men who hold in contempt those who do not share his point of view.
hold sb/sth in high esteem/regard (=respect them very much)
▪ As an educationalist, he was held in very high esteem.
▪ Romsey earned high praise from his boss.
hold sb/sth in high regard
▪ Doctors are held in high regard by society.
hold sb’s gaze (=keep looking at someone who is looking at you)
▪ He held her gaze for a few seconds, then continued eating.
hold sway
▪ These old attitudes still hold sway in the church.
hold the championship
▪ The championships are being held next Sunday at the San Jose Arena.
Hold the line (=wait on the phone)
Hold the line, please, and I’ll put you through to our sales department.
Hold tight
Hold tight to the handrail!
hold your breath (=not breathe out for a few seconds or minutes)
▪ How long can you hold your breath underwater?
hold your nose (=so that you cannot smell a bad smell)
▪ The smell was so revolting that I had to hold my nose.
hold/bear sth aloft
▪ He emerged, holding a baby aloft.
hold/conduct a service
▪ The service was held in the chapel.
hold/control the purse strings
▪ It all comes down to who holds the purse strings.
hold/draw sb close (=hold someone against your body)
▪ He drew her close to him.
hold...general election (=have a general election)
▪ an attempt to persuade the government to hold a general election
hold/have a stake in sth
▪ He holds a 51% stake in the firm.
hold/have values
▪ People brought up in different times hold different social values.
hold/host a celebrationformal:
▪ The company is holding a celebration for its 75th anniversary.
holding company
holding pattern
▪ My career is in a holding pattern right now.
holding...hostage (=keeping them as hostages)
▪ The group are holding two tourists hostage.
holding...personally responsible
▪ I’m holding you personally responsible for this mess!
hold...inquest
▪ The coroner will hold an inquest into the deaths.
hold...inquest
▪ The Tories will hold a private inquest into why they were defeated.
hold/keep your nerve (=remain calm and confident in a difficult situation)
▪ The team held their nerve and went on to win.
hold/keep (yourself) aloof from sth
▪ The doctor held himself somewhat aloof from the rest of the ship’s crew.
hold/mount/stage an exhibition formal (= have an exhibition)
▪ Hayward Gallery is mounting an impressive exhibition of new British artists.
hold...referendum
▪ The city council agreed to hold a referendum on the issue in November.
hold/remain steady
▪ A recent poll showed his approval rating holding steady at 53 percent.
holds the balance of power (=is able to make either side more powerful than the other by supporting them)
▪ A small centre party holds the balance of power in the Assembly.
holds...spellbound
▪ ‘King Lear’ still holds audiences spellbound.
hold/stage a demonstration (=organize and take part in one)
▪ In April, students began holding demonstrations to demand more freedom.
hold/stage a rally
▪ The students had been refused permission to hold their rally in Victory Square.
hold/stage a sit-in
▪ Several thousand students staged sit-ins and protest marches.
hold/stage an event (=organize a public event)
▪ The charity plans to stage several fund-raising events this year.
hold/stage/mount a protest
▪ Opponents of the plan have staged several protests.
hold/store sth on a computer
▪ This data is all held on a central computer.
hold...summit
▪ The two presidents agreed to hold a summit in the spring.
keep a tight grip/hold/rein on sth (=control it very firmly)
▪ The former dictator still keeps a tight grip on power.
▪ Anna was determined to keep a tight hold on her feelings.
keep/hold onto a seat (also retain a seatformal) (= not lose it in an election)
▪ He is unlikely to retain his seat after next year's election.
▪ Labour managed to hold the seat, but with a reduced majority.
keep/hold yourself aloof (from sb)
▪ She had always kept herself aloof from the boys in class.
kept a tight hold on
▪ His mother kept a tight hold on his hand.
release your grip/hold (on sb/sth)
▪ The sudden noise made him release his hold on her arm.
sb's hand holds sth
▪ His other hand was holding his mobile phone.
sb’s luck holds (=they continue having good luck)
▪ Our luck held, and the weather remained fine.
securely locked/fastened/attached/held etc
▪ All firearms should be kept securely locked in a cabinet.
sth holds its value (=its value does not fall over time)
▪ Good quality furniture should hold its value.
sth holds/houses a collectionformal
▪ The museum holds a comprehensive collection of photographs from that period.
stretch/hold out your arms
▪ I dreamt I saw my mother again with her arms stretched out towards me.
strongly held/deeply held views (=strong views that someone is unwilling to change)
▪ He is known for his strongly held views on modern art.
strongly held/deeply held views (=strong views that someone is unwilling to change)
▪ He is known for his strongly held views on modern art.
take/hold a position (=have an opinion)
▪ We take the position that these changes are to be welcomed.
take/hold sb in your arms (=gently put your arms around someone you love)
▪ He took her in his arms and kissed her.
the police hold sb (also the police detain sbformal) (= keep them at a police station)
▪ The police can hold suspects for up to 48 hours without charge.
▪ The police detained several activists, but released them after questioning.
the weather holds (out) (=good weather continues in the same way)
▪ The forecast said the weather should hold until Tuesday.
what the future holds (=what will happen)
▪ He is worried about what the future holds for the company.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
still
▪ He was still holding my arm but there was space between us.
▪ If both parties committed abandonment, adultery, or extreme cruelty, the union was still held to be inviolate.
▪ A little while later, still holding Maura in his arms, Michael threw his handful of dirt on to the coffin.
▪ I giggled with him, still holding back.
▪ However, the yacht club flourishes, and the regatta is still held.
▪ Why in the name of Bob Dole dressed as Carmen Miranda is that great steaming nonsense still held?
▪ He says they would still hold all the Liberal Deomcrat strongholds in the South.
▪ Remove the glass from the water, still holding it vertically, open side down.
■ NOUN
baby
▪ He could see a woman holding a young baby standing at the end of the hall.
▪ Her recovery had been slow, and she had not been able to see or hold her baby for twenty-four hours.
▪ Like many others, the problem was mostly the way she held the baby.
▪ When holding their baby, they experienced an overwhelming feeling of loving connection.
▪ Both hands free A sling like this enables you to hold your baby close without using your hands.
▪ Clarisa was sitting up in bed, propped against a pillow and holding the baby.
▪ Dad had his arm round Carrie, Carrie was cuddling Zen, Crystal was holding the new baby.
▪ Remember how Matt had to learn to hold his babies tight when they cried and had to overcome the boredom he felt?
balance
▪ During the general election the doggie vote could hold the balance of power.
▪ Since 1969 the centrist Free Democrats have held the balance of power in the Bundestag.
▪ But despite their endorsement in the municipal elections last October, it is not the moderates who hold the balance of power.
▪ A nebulous collective leadership, including the chiefs of the powerful armed forces, may still be holding the balance of power.
▪ Thomas Cranmer and Aleister Crowley were held in uneasy balance in his sympathies.
▪ One other group is expected to get more than 23 seats - and therefore to hold the balance of power.
belief
▪ Along with many of his contemporaries, Mercator held the Baconian belief that knowledge should be exploited for utilitarian ends.
▪ We are of the deeply held belief that many human beings have come to behave as materialistic tyrants.
▪ Do you hold any specific beliefs about what might be called beauty?
▪ Groups of work-inhibited students may reinforce mutually held beliefs that school is a negative environment.
▪ It was the commonly held belief then that never again would this communal beast be allowed to rear its head.
▪ We constantly challenged and reviewed our own most devoutly held beliefs.
▪ Ten years later, his new book shows that he no longer holds such a belief.
▪ He held a peculiar scientific belief relating to this matter.
breath
▪ He examined the pieces with the naked eye, then with his glass, while behind him Isobel held her breath.
▪ We held our breath from the fourth pick on.
▪ She didn't want to hear, but she held her breath and listened for any sound.
▪ As the others crossed their fingers and held their breath, he gently eased away the back plate.
▪ An anxious nation holds its breath.
▪ She held her breath and listened.
▪ We held our breath as Loi carefully pulled in the last few yards of line hand over hand.
conference
▪ In 1830, the National Association held its first conference.
▪ No one held a news conference to tout this one, and days passed before anyone caught wind of it.
▪ It holds an overnight conference during the Easter vacation.
▪ Fujimori said previous radio contacts broke off after the guerrillas held an impromptu news conference, disrupting negotiations up to that point.
▪ If it had only been possible to hold the conference without him!
▪ Recently, for example, Clinton held a news conference to explain what he had been doing vis-a-vis political contributors.
▪ The Maastricht treaty commits them to holding a big treaty-revising conference in 1996.
▪ The jurors in the criminal trial did not hold a news conference after their verdict and in many cases avoided in-depth interviews.
court
▪ If one party freely consents to a clause, a court is unlikely to hold it unreasonable.
▪ A key question for the court is whether Jackson held his views about Microsoft before he began hearing the case.
▪ First, a court might hold that there was no authority to make the rule and invalidate it.
▪ Several courts have held, however, that express disclaimers in employee handbooks can negate any promises made.
▪ Yesterday a court agreed to police holding them a further 36 hours.
▪ Some courts have held prior review procedures unconstitutional because they lacked either clear standards or due process safeguards.
▪ Alternatively, the court may hold that occupancy was shared between the guest and the hotel.
▪ Fears about the admissibility of electronic invoices as evidence in court proceedings have held back some factors.
election
▪ Yet there are still no plans to hold an election.
▪ Oklahoma is expected to hold a special election on the issue early next year.
▪ Why else would you hold an election?
▪ Dos Santos has suggested that he may hold national elections next year.
▪ After Diem refused to hold the elections in 1956, meanwhile, the Viet Minh in the South grew restive.
▪ He challenged de Klerk to hold a whites-only election.
▪ Why, oh why, could not the debate on the Bill be held after the general election?
exhibition
▪ Here are held temporary art exhibitions.
▪ The races are held at Exhibition Place.
▪ Leigh's retainer as a consultant has supported the space, which held five exhibitions until it closed this fall.
▪ In 1933 Schulz held exhibitions of his drawings and engravings in Warsaw.
▪ The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, which held its inaugural exhibition in 1888, came into being through his initiative.
hand
▪ His hand slid downwards, holding hers in a grip that was suddenly unbreakable.
▪ Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
▪ I hold your hand and you hold mine.
▪ A single Macintosh disk, on the other hand, could hold ten of those chapters!
▪ A gasp escaped her as his arms clasped her against him, one hand holding her head to his shoulder.
▪ The hands that held the lines were freckled like tortillas.
▪ A hand holding a scrap of hanky pressed on her veil where her mouth was.
▪ I wait, hands held high, elbows still threatening to drip one last drop.
head
▪ Note how they hold their heads high above the surface.
▪ I saw how he held his head, slightly stiffly, and how the very air around him seemed charged.
▪ These teachers exerted considerable influence within the school, because they held positions as heads of departments or as year heads.
▪ He held my head as I pumped away.
▪ She held her head proudly and, even before she moved, conveyed a feline quality of grace and languor.
▪ A gladiator named Justice holding the distinctive Salinas head in one hand, a bloodied sword in the other.
▪ A gasp escaped her as his arms clasped her against him, one hand holding her head to his shoulder.
▪ The writer reached his side a minute after, to find General Hill holding the head and shoulders of the wounded chief.
hope
▪ And he could hold out no hope of any financial assistance.
▪ The sky, however, held out hope.
▪ When Topaz arrived at the residence of Lord Oswin Lovat she didn't hold out much hope of prising his purse open.
▪ Still, I held on to my hope.
▪ I want Fairfax to tell me, but I don't hold out much hope.
▪ I don't hold out much hope though!
▪ Look, don't hold out too much hope that you're going to be successful in this.
▪ For if the landscape holds some hope to the left it brings with it threats from the right.
hostage
▪ On 26 July 1986 Father Lawrence Jenco was released after being held hostage for 18 months.
▪ Don Nickles, R-Okla. who is holding the bill hostage because Sen.
▪ At least Shudder To Think refuse to hold history hostage.
▪ The Packers are owned by their fans, so the city can not be held hostage for a new stadium.
▪ One is the extent of her familiarity with Nestor Cerpa Cartolini, the leader of the rebels holding the hostages.
▪ In effect, Gingrich is holding the Interior Department hostage to his attempt to put new restrictions on Medicare patients.
▪ Yet, the Republican Party is being held hostage by the religious zealots.
key
▪ Then, hold down the Shift key and move the cursor to the end of the block you want selected.
▪ Teachers frequently believe it is the parents who hold the key and that they should do more to help.
▪ Jennifer Smith holds the key to the 1996 election, so it is as well to get to know her.
▪ Privatization could hold the key to upgrading the infrastructure.
▪ Zoom Control Move mouse over the molecule, hold Shift key, click and hold mouse button and drag.
▪ Some threatened species have special qualities or abilities and may hold the key to undiscovered benefits.
▪ That second paradox, I believe, holds the key to the mysteries that still envelop the new regime.
▪ It was a great exit, but I should have held on to the keys.
meeting
▪ Newcastle held their annual general meeting last night behind closed doors.
▪ It involves presentations to staff and parents, setting up exhibitions and holding meetings with key staff members.
▪ In the absence of conclusive consensus, it was agreed to hold a further meeting in Madrid in April 1991.
▪ We also hold regular meetings of volunteers to discuss issues of concern and encourage one another.
▪ Management is holding a series of meetings with workers today.
▪ If this were the case it would explain why they had not held meetings on this occasion.
▪ Schools should also hold meetings for prospective parents.
▪ The only optimistic statement came from the third cadre of military transport, which had recently held two cell meetings.
office
▪ High priority is given to any of their senior members who have held ministerial office.
▪ He stated that the civil service had been opened to people of all parties who were qualified to hold office.
▪ During the reign of John, Hugh de Neville held that office.
▪ A citizen should play an active part.-He might hold a local office.
▪ Other peers who hold or have held high judicial office may sit but rarely do so.
▪ Nor did it stipulate how long the incumbent would hold office until fresh elections produced a successful candidate.
▪ After the Restoration he was one of those not actually attainted but perpetually disabled from holding any office.
▪ A Director so appointed shall hold office only until the next following annual general meeting.
position
▪ In both cases Black might still be able to hold the position.
▪ Mayers has been with the company for 10 years and has held several positions.
▪ He has also held the position of factory manager.
▪ Paul, and has held other executive positions in the Twin Cities and Grand Forks area.
▪ These teachers exerted considerable influence within the school, because they held positions as heads of departments or as year heads.
▪ Still, the region holds a respectable position in the information-heavy world.
▪ Even if you hold some position of great authority, you don't have to be solemn all the time.
▪ I had advanced through the ranks and held a responsible middle-management position.
post
▪ That did not make him a great writer, nor did that fact prevent his holding an important literary post.
▪ House Republican Conference rules prohibit a censured lawmaker from being a committee chairman or holding a leadership post.
▪ She held the post till her retirement thirty years later.
▪ Two of the ministers particularly distinguished themselves by holding the post for a six-month period.
▪ He held the post until November 1922 - the longest period for which a Weimar Chancellor had yet survived.
▪ Zlatoper has held several Pentagon posts, including military assistant to the secretary of defense from 1983 to 1985.
▪ He had held the post only since January.
▪ The proportion of women who hold senior political posts remains low.
promise
▪ So too the yawning depths of the wave, even while threatening annihilation, hold out the promise of rebirth.
▪ Frustration of my plans to lighten the disaster will convince people that the future holds no promise to them.
▪ Clark's work clearly holds promise of a new class of antimalarials, even though there is much still to be done.
▪ State access Smart communities hold a lot of promise for state officials.
▪ For the moment Christmas on the slopes holds little promise.
▪ It is an experience that holds out promise of perfection.
▪ The report presents a strong case for continuing work on gasification although south south cooperation would seem to hold most promise.
▪ Economic advance still holds little promise of betterment for the average man in many countries.
record
▪ The situation is modified when records are stored in buckets holding several records, but synonyms still occur.
▪ Brian Treggs holds the record with 167 career receptions.
▪ They also hold the League's record score a 21-0 win over North Skelton Rovers in 1895.
▪ And it came from a famous maker: another Farman, a Goliath, had held the endurance record in 1921.
▪ How long should I hold on to records?
▪ Before that, Microsoft Corp. held the record of 47. 93 million shares traded, on June 6, 1994.
▪ Finance holds income and expenditure records, together with annual accounts, departmental expenditure records, and an Asset Register.
▪ It held the box-office record until Gone with the wind moved more tickets in 1939 and 1940.
referendum
▪ We should not go so far as to hold a referendum, but the people must have the final say.
▪ If it is approved, 30-day period opens for anyone wishing to hold a referendum drive to overturn the deal.
▪ On the subject of the draft union treaty, Gorbachev introduced the idea of holding a referendum on it throughout the country.
▪ Moldavia refused to hold the referendum on the grounds that it would worsen ethnic tensions in the republic.
▪ Why hold a referendum, when no one could challenge the imposition of his will?
▪ It has prompted President De Klerk to hold a referendum to guage white support on ending apartheid.
▪ June 25: Moldavia's President Snegur announced that the republic would hold a referendum on independence in the autumn.
▪ In 1992 western governments had allowed Bosnia to hold a referendum and become an independent state.
seat
▪ In fact, if that result were repeated we would hold all our 28 seats and gain four more from Labour.
▪ The group of smaller Catholic parties allied with Berlusconi hold 34 seats.
▪ For the moment, Mr Rocard is probably just praying that he can hold on to his seat in the Yvelines.
▪ I leaned forward, holding on to the seat in front of me.
▪ I was floating, held by my seat belt.
▪ Allen Hightower, a Democrat who has held his seat since 1983.
▪ He was returned for Aldershot in 1970 and held the seat until 1997, when he did not seek re-election.
▪ Republicans, at the moment, hold 41 seats while Democrats have 37.
view
▪ I used to hold a similar view.
▪ The percentage of voters who hold a favorable view of Gramm has declined from 54 percent in 1990 to 41 percent.
▪ Freud, however, did not hold this view and hoped to find the true root of his patients' hysteria.
▪ One who held to this view was Lord Kelvin himself.
▪ There is a further complication in that individuals hold views about health at a variety of different levels of analysis.
▪ That was not a widely held view when Republicans arrived here a week ago.
▪ The economic conditions of the 19705 do not lead to optimism if one continues to hold this view.
▪ At the end of his first six months in office, 45 percent of Texans surveyed held a negative view of Clinton.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a firm grip/hold/grasp etc
▪ As darkness gains a firmer grip the songbirds fade and the owls start.
▪ As soon as one does so, its lips close around it, giving it a firm hold.
▪ But at current levels the shares are a firm hold.
▪ Choose a firm hold variant which will keep your style in place during winder weather and light drizzle.
▪ Clumps of sturdy weed grew wherever they could take a firm hold.
▪ I keep a firm grip on my hat and stare into the blustery abyss.
▪ It's safe but you need to have a firm grip to cut a 13-amp flex.
▪ Usually this happens because the task is too broadly stated to get a firm grasp on it.
a tight hold/grip
▪ The new business manager has a tight hold on the budget.
▪ Apple, however, kept a tight grip on its technology and suffered the consequences.
▪ Dominic crept carefully down the stairs, keeping a tight hold on the gleaming mahogany banister.
▪ He had a tight hold on the audience, totally in command of his band.
▪ It should not be imagined that the tiny Party élite at either of these provincial levels could maintain a tight hold.
▪ She would be keeping a tight hold on her feelings from now on.
▪ The best way for the government to achieve this is to keep a tight grip on the tigerish tendencies of the economy.
▪ The purge reflects the party leadership's concern with keeping a tight hold on the political reins.
▪ We got up, he pushed me roughly towards the door, keeping a tight hold of me.
be stuck/held fast
▪ A character who is held fast can not move or fight, and is treated as prone.
▪ Balor was struggling and writhing, but his limbs were held fast and only his thick, shapeless body could move.
▪ Persephone sprang into her arms and was held fast there.
▪ She tried to pull her hand free, but it was held fast.
▪ She tried to struggle, but she was held fast.
can't hold a candle to sb/sth
▪ Basketball stars today can't hold a candle to Michael Jordan.
don't hold your breath
▪ If you're waiting for the Cubs to win the series, don't hold your breath.
extend/offer/hold out etc an olive branch (to sb)
get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick
have a sure hold/footing
have/hold sth in your hot little hand
have/hold/want no truck with sb/sth
▪ But it does lead inevitably to ignorance, for you can not understand what you deliberately chose to have no truck with.
▪ Its radicals, who dominate the leadership, want no truck with Mr Gorbachev.
▪ Then the people who get penalised are the majority who want no truck with him.
▪ We in the Conservative Party have no truck with that style of gutter journalism which we were forced to endure last Sunday.
hold court
▪ The days when he held court at the hotel's supper club seem far away now.
▪ Artists who have arrived at that position are expected to sit still and hold court.
▪ Baseball raconteur Bill Rigney is holding court at a window table.
▪ For hour after hour, without a break, clearly relishing the attention, Kevorkian holds court.
▪ I am holding court, lady of the mansion.
▪ Instead, he could hold court for his many buyers in his studio garage.
▪ Ken Bradshaw was holding court among a handful of Waimea veterans.
▪ Somewhere in the smoky crowd the authoress and photographer, Jill Freedman from New York, was holding court.
hold sb for ransom
hold sb to ransom
▪ The president said that the company would not be held to ransom by strikes.
▪ What gives cheaper fuel campaigners the right to hold the country to ransom?
▪ By his behaviour Yeltsin has held Clinton to ransom.
▪ It attacks the foundations of a free society, encouraging those with industrial or commercial muscle to hold others to ransom.
▪ The countries that control it will be able to hold their clients to ransom.
▪ The idea of one global power holding the other to ransom seems less credible now than it has done previously.
▪ They could buy out national debts, hold governments to ransom, close down whole economies if they wanted to.
▪ What's outrageous is that one powerful and greedy bully, followed by its lackeys, can hold the world to ransom.
▪ Without some such law the rich could hold the poor to ransom.
hold sth at arm's length
hold sth dear
▪ Everything I held dear was destroyed in the war.
hold the aces
hold up your head
▪ He had held up his head in the most exalted company.
▪ How does he hold up his head if he knows his wife is deceiving him?
hold/hang on for/like grim death
hold/have sb in the palm of your hand
▪ She's got the whole committee in the palm of her hand.
hold/keep your end up
▪ It helped them keep their end up in battle, too, claim historians.
▪ It is difficult to get skips in this age group capable of keeping their end up at this level of competition.
▪ Richter kept his end up by arranging a press visit to Huemul Island on 21 June, 1951.
hold/keep your peace
▪ And since the credit accrued to him, he held his peace.
▪ But Kate knew when enough was enough so she kept her peace.
▪ But she held her peace and waited for the miracle.
▪ Colonel Fergusson nodded indulgently at such pertness and obstinacy, but held his peace.
▪ Gorbachev, like any husband in his circumstances, kept his peace.
▪ No, better to hold her peace and pretend.
▪ So I decide to hold my peace for a little while longer.
▪ Why did he want to hold his peace?
hold/stand your ground
▪ As his father approached, Richard retreated steadily, never once daring to stand his ground against him.
▪ I calculate, I stand my ground.
▪ Not enough to start a war; just enough to let me stand my ground without having to think about it first.
▪ Richmann stood his ground, certain he would be able to jump out of the. way if things went wrong.
▪ The guide, however, stood his ground, frantically giving me unrecognizable signs.
▪ The Housing Executive stood its ground and refused to transfer money earmarked for other projects.
▪ Williams' job was to hold his ground or drop into pass coverage.
▪ You know when to stand your ground and when to give in.
keep/hold sb at arm's length
▪ Economic policies kept the Soviet Union and Japan at arm's length during the Cold War.
keep/hold sb/sth in check
▪ The court heard that the general was unable to keep his troops in check.
▪ The disease is held in check by weekly injections of a power drug.
▪ A small bag of zeolite was used for three days, every two weeks to keep ammonia in check.
▪ But it was rookie Coach Ray Rhodes who gets the most credit for keeping the team in check.
▪ Churn makes it harder for charities to raise money, keeps real-estate prices in check and politics volatile.
▪ His own temper rose, but he held it in check.
▪ In one important area the Navy held its ambitions in check for bargaining reasons within the Whitehall market-place.
▪ Mulch plants each spring with straw to conserve moisture and keep weeds in check.
▪ What is new is that the controls which held this population in check no longer exist.
keep/hold sth at bay
▪ Sandbags kept the floodwaters at bay.
▪ The government hopes to keep inflation at bay.
▪ All in all, the eatery is a breakfast bargain, with enough different components to keep boredom at bay.
▪ Another technique for keeping performance anxiety at bay is the group sing-along.
▪ Brown has kept the tumult at bay.
▪ Concentrating on Emma would help to keep her worries at bay for a little while.
▪ He was gritting his teeth against the pain, keeping it at bay while he studied the stump, the severed hand.
▪ My voice holds them at bay.
▪ She holds the adventurers at bay by holding the scroll over a candle flame and threatening to destroy it.
▪ Two green glazed lions guarded the gates to keep evil spirits at bay.
put/hold a gun to sb's head
▪ He might as well have put a gun to my head.
stand/hold firm
▪ Although momentarily tempted by the seductively rich chocolate dessert Sabrina's willpower held firm and she gave it to Graham.
▪ Another went to a selectman for standing firm.
▪ But de Gaulle held firm because he knew that time was working in his favour.
▪ C., held firm, since the federal government kept hiring more and more bureaucrats.
▪ He stands firm on his convictions.
▪ Last week the closely held firm announced it had sold $ 17. 25 million worth of limited partnership interests.
▪ Mr Scargill urged the miners to prepare for battle: they must stand firm over their wage claim.
▪ They need to describe initially what issues they want to stand firm on and what issues they can give way to.
stand/serve/hold sb in good stead
▪ As a small boy, I devised my own set of cartoon animals, and they now stood me in good stead.
▪ But her beloved circus may have served her in better stead than regular outings to, say, the ballet.
▪ Despite his lack of political experience, Clouthier's 20-year leadership of business organisations stood him in good stead.
▪ Insomnia would stand him in good stead in this expanse of knee-high cover.
▪ Now we had moved on to bigger and better things, this predictability still stood us in good stead.
▪ These shoes had stood him in good stead.
▪ This habit of work, which is by now natural to me, has stood me in good stead.
▪ Those contacts, he says, still serve him in good stead today.
wait a minute/just a minute/hold on a minute/hang on a minute
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A blank data disk can hold about 360,000 characters.
▪ a situation in which a husband and wife both hold shares in a family company
▪ A smiling woman holding a can of beer came over to us.
▪ As long as the mild weather holds, you can keep planting.
▪ Each carton holds 113 oranges.
▪ Heat the stock in a pot large enough to hold the fish.
▪ I held her until she went to sleep.
▪ I held the money tightly in my hand.
▪ I got the post office to hold our mail while we were on vacation.
▪ I just want a shelf that will hold some plants.
▪ I took a glass of champagne from the tray the waiter held out.
▪ IBM still holds shares in the new company.
▪ In the photograph there was a small boy holding a flag.
▪ Lost items will be held for thirty days.
▪ Militant prisoners held 24 guards hostage on Friday, as jail unrest spread throughout the country.
▪ No one knows where the kidnapped woman is being held.
▪ Police are holding two men for questioning in connection with the robbery.
▪ Several tourists were being held captive by rebels in Kashmir.
▪ She held a baby in her arms.
▪ She works for Le Monde, where the staff hold a significant stake in the company.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Galvanized metal buckets, filled with ice, can hold beverages such as small bottles of ice tea, juices and water.
▪ I held him under the spigot and squeezed his chest as the icy water ran over him.
▪ No state yet to hold a primary has as many major media markets as Ohio.
▪ Plans are well advanced to hold two-day Workshops for staff of colleges invited to progress their Pilot Proposals to Stage 2.
▪ So she rode slowly through them, mostly holding her breath and praying that they wouldn't charge at her.
▪ The Van Gogh holds the world auction price record of $ 82.5m.
▪ Twenty-four solar systems held by the enemy had recently been destroyed.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
firm
▪ But at current levels the shares are a firm hold.
▪ As she staggered awkwardly, he grabbed firm hold of the sagging pyjama-jacket, arresting her flight as he held her there.
▪ Clumps of sturdy weed grew wherever they could take a firm hold.
▪ As soon as one does so, its lips close around it, giving it a firm hold.
▪ Recognizing the all-too familiar symptoms, Manville fought against the gathering depression before it took too firm a hold on him.
▪ Each brush has a heat-resistant handle with a rubber-neck grip for firm hold while you style.
▪ Teachers of reading need to keep a firm hold of their hats, their expertise and their integrity.
strong
▪ Many other features of late medieval Catholicism exercised a similarly strong hold over the popular mind.
▪ Styled by Scissors Gel maintains its strong hold on styling as one of the essential hair products for men.
▪ Evil has such a strong hold on Gollum that he does not have control over his own mind any more.
tight
▪ She would be keeping a tight hold on her feelings from now on.
▪ We got up, he pushed me roughly towards the door, keeping a tight hold of me.
▪ The tighter political hold was in part a reaction to the worsening economic and organizational situation in cultural affairs.
▪ He had a tight hold on the audience, totally in command of his band.
▪ Philip gripped tight hold of Caspar's collar.
▪ The tight hold was maintained by Thatcher's government.
▪ For Winnie herself, it required the tightest hold, the fumes of the stuff, to keep her wits about her.
▪ Keep tight hold and continue while there's time.
■ NOUN
cargo
▪ She was in the cargo hold, standing on the ribbed floor of the shuttle next to the loading hatch.
▪ And a third beam was forced into the cargo hold.
▪ Demyonov had gone home last week in an elaborate casket dark inside the cargo hold of a Tupolev airliner.
▪ That would force airline workers to retrieve that travelers' bag from the cargo hold.
▪ Chests of tea and bales of wool can be found in the lower cargo hold.
▪ There were dull thuds from the cargo hold.
▪ If the wiring were overheating, it could have caused oxygen-generating canisters in the cargo hold to explode, he said.
■ VERB
break
▪ Huey the Snake had a grip on the local drugs network, so the Richardson's moved in to break his hold.
▪ He is not a moderate who wants to break the conservative hold on the party.
▪ Generally, if attempting to break a hold avoid big movements.
▪ And before she could break the hold, the king's remark turned all attention on her again.
▪ Graham broke the hold and swivelled Samir round as Al-Makesh fired.
catch
▪ Taking her completely by surprise, he caught hold of her arm and pulled her towards him.
▪ Bowman caught hold of the short lever fastened to the valve and with his last strength pulled it down.
▪ It caught hold of a chair and, with a great deal of grunting, managed to tip it over.
▪ On March 4 she caught hold of the end of her buggy and twice pulled herself to her feet.
▪ She wanted desperately to catch hold of his arm, to stop him walking out of her life.
▪ He fainted from pain but caught hold of the iron railing of a house and remained erect.
▪ He went down trying to catch hold of the breath he'd just lost.
get
▪ All I'd been told was to get hold of her and scare her, get Gerald rattled, you know.
▪ She wanted to know how she could get hold of that poem, and maybe that whole book.
▪ Pieper tried and failed to get hold of the outfits to brief them and to gauge their reaction.
▪ How had he got hold of that name?
▪ He'd like to get hold of a gun and blow them all away.
▪ Police are concerned that the poison may be dumped and children may get hold of it.
▪ Then you put a good big handle on it, so that everyone can get hold of it and pick it up.
grab
▪ It is remarkable, Hardin, how the religion of science has grabbed hold.
▪ She grabbed hold of it and peered down the microscope again.
▪ He grabbed hold of the chainlink fence that surrounded the empty schoolyard.
▪ They grab hold of the killer's flesh, clamp tight and then cast off the claw.
▪ Life began when energy grabbed hold of some dust and would not let it go.
▪ But Daine was smart enough to grab hold of you.
▪ A couple of lads grab hold of the Monkey and stuff a rag in his mouth.
keep
▪ I kept good hold of her, part-dragging her after me.
▪ It is the parallel and barefaced cheek of their methods to keep hold of political office that really takes the breath away.
▪ She would be keeping a tight hold on her feelings from now on.
▪ This, I thought, was how South Vermont kept hold of its errant children.
▪ If only you had kept hold of McGovern and O'Hare, you won't find players like them in a hurry.
▪ The economists at Goldman Sachs believe that rates will be kept on hold for all of next year.
▪ Then you could catch your knave speedily and keep hold of him.
▪ Instead, she had kept hold of herself, saving face.
loosen
▪ Culley waited for the spasm to pass, and loosened his hold a fraction.
▪ It was on a block where he encountered three soldiers that he began to loosen his hold on the sequence.
▪ It will be intriguing to see how Brecht's play stands up at a time when Communism is loosening its ideological hold.
lose
▪ There was a quietness about her that Mary had seen before when people were losing their hold on life.
▪ But old habits are losing their hold on me.
▪ It has also warned that some customers could be faced with paying more if it lost its hold on the household market.
▪ Behind her head the television lost its vertical hold and the picture scrolled slowly upward.
▪ Religion lost its hold on the social imagination when it was seen to embody qualities opposed to science: irrationality and superstition.
▪ He feels the rum starting to lose its hold.
▪ Any cuckoo nestling that lost its hold, even momentarily, over its host would have died as a result.
▪ Primo could feel his fingers losing hold of the on / off switch of his intake valve.
maintain
▪ Styled by Scissors Gel maintains its strong hold on styling as one of the essential hair products for men.
▪ Chapter books require that we and our children maintain our hold on the story line over the duration of the reading period.
▪ To gain and maintain his hold over the Company Sulivan had to become a formidable politician and he inevitably made many enemies.
▪ It should not be imagined that the tiny Party élite at either of these provincial levels could maintain a tight hold.
place
▪ According to some commentators the peace process would effectively be placed on hold at least until January 1993 when Clinton took office.
▪ The soft drink deal was placed on hold last year after the Postal Service Board of Governors learned of the federal investigation.
▪ But he shows no bitterness that his life was placed on hold for 12 months while he made a full recovery.
▪ Instead, his life was placed on hold.
▪ It was placed on hold because of the court action.
put
▪ It gave her a chance to put everything on hold for a brief while, recharge the batteries after a flight.
▪ Misgivings about the impact of the bomb could be put on hold.
▪ She also had been able to put her feelings on hold as she concentrated on the problems facing her.
▪ Cold temperatures do not kill bacteria, they just put them on hold.
▪ These projects have been put on hold indefinitely.
▪ Her own plans had to be put on hold.
▪ All that was put on hold on March 20, 1990.
▪ If the justices rule for Clinton, the lawsuit will be put on hold for four more years.
release
▪ It was a long time before Guy released his fierce hold on her, and reluctantly thrust her away from him.
▪ She exacted a public promise from Chaffee that he would release his hold on the bill.
▪ Tamar would have been happy to finish the association, but Davis would not release his hold on her.
▪ Before dispatching the rabbit it is necessary to induce the ferret to release its hold.
▪ It opens its mouth to scream and releases its hold.
retain
▪ He retained his hold on her wrist but made no move to pull her to her feet.
seize
▪ She seized hold of the door handle and tried to open it.
▪ One of the snakes had seized hold of its own tail and the form whirled mockingly before my eyes.
▪ Alison had seized hold of Franca's long plait of dark hair and drawn it out from behind the chair.
take
▪ An anti-doctor religion apparently took hold here in the 1920s.
▪ Her imagination took hold of the idea and terrorized her at the thought of the hospital catching fire.
▪ Then with an energy which he had not yet displayed he took hold of Patrick.
▪ We funded those actions out of our many savings elsewhere, as our family of quality programs took hold.
▪ Whatever affects us deeply will also take hold of our souls.
▪ The wine Adrienne had kept passing to her was taking hold of an empty stomach.
▪ As the wine took hold I glanced in her direction with increasing frequency, often to find her already looking at me.
▪ Grief took hold of Achilles, so black that those around him feared for his life.
tighten
▪ The suspended despair inside her splintered into a shuddering sob and Fernando tightened his hold on her.
▪ But the king merely tightened his hold, as if all this energy had sweated drunkenness out of him.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a firm grip/hold/grasp etc
▪ As darkness gains a firmer grip the songbirds fade and the owls start.
▪ As soon as one does so, its lips close around it, giving it a firm hold.
▪ But at current levels the shares are a firm hold.
▪ Choose a firm hold variant which will keep your style in place during winder weather and light drizzle.
▪ Clumps of sturdy weed grew wherever they could take a firm hold.
▪ I keep a firm grip on my hat and stare into the blustery abyss.
▪ It's safe but you need to have a firm grip to cut a 13-amp flex.
▪ Usually this happens because the task is too broadly stated to get a firm grasp on it.
a tight hold/grip
▪ The new business manager has a tight hold on the budget.
▪ Apple, however, kept a tight grip on its technology and suffered the consequences.
▪ Dominic crept carefully down the stairs, keeping a tight hold on the gleaming mahogany banister.
▪ He had a tight hold on the audience, totally in command of his band.
▪ It should not be imagined that the tiny Party élite at either of these provincial levels could maintain a tight hold.
▪ She would be keeping a tight hold on her feelings from now on.
▪ The best way for the government to achieve this is to keep a tight grip on the tigerish tendencies of the economy.
▪ The purge reflects the party leadership's concern with keeping a tight hold on the political reins.
▪ We got up, he pushed me roughly towards the door, keeping a tight hold of me.
be stuck/held fast
▪ A character who is held fast can not move or fight, and is treated as prone.
▪ Balor was struggling and writhing, but his limbs were held fast and only his thick, shapeless body could move.
▪ Persephone sprang into her arms and was held fast there.
▪ She tried to pull her hand free, but it was held fast.
▪ She tried to struggle, but she was held fast.
cop hold of sth
don't hold your breath
▪ If you're waiting for the Cubs to win the series, don't hold your breath.
extend/offer/hold out etc an olive branch (to sb)
get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick
have a sure hold/footing
have/hold sth in your hot little hand
have/hold/want no truck with sb/sth
▪ But it does lead inevitably to ignorance, for you can not understand what you deliberately chose to have no truck with.
▪ Its radicals, who dominate the leadership, want no truck with Mr Gorbachev.
▪ Then the people who get penalised are the majority who want no truck with him.
▪ We in the Conservative Party have no truck with that style of gutter journalism which we were forced to endure last Sunday.
hold court
▪ The days when he held court at the hotel's supper club seem far away now.
▪ Artists who have arrived at that position are expected to sit still and hold court.
▪ Baseball raconteur Bill Rigney is holding court at a window table.
▪ For hour after hour, without a break, clearly relishing the attention, Kevorkian holds court.
▪ I am holding court, lady of the mansion.
▪ Instead, he could hold court for his many buyers in his studio garage.
▪ Ken Bradshaw was holding court among a handful of Waimea veterans.
▪ Somewhere in the smoky crowd the authoress and photographer, Jill Freedman from New York, was holding court.
hold sth at arm's length
hold sth dear
▪ Everything I held dear was destroyed in the war.
hold up your head
▪ He had held up his head in the most exalted company.
▪ How does he hold up his head if he knows his wife is deceiving him?
hold/hang on for/like grim death
hold/have sb in the palm of your hand
▪ She's got the whole committee in the palm of her hand.
hold/keep your end up
▪ It helped them keep their end up in battle, too, claim historians.
▪ It is difficult to get skips in this age group capable of keeping their end up at this level of competition.
▪ Richter kept his end up by arranging a press visit to Huemul Island on 21 June, 1951.
hold/keep your peace
▪ And since the credit accrued to him, he held his peace.
▪ But Kate knew when enough was enough so she kept her peace.
▪ But she held her peace and waited for the miracle.
▪ Colonel Fergusson nodded indulgently at such pertness and obstinacy, but held his peace.
▪ Gorbachev, like any husband in his circumstances, kept his peace.
▪ No, better to hold her peace and pretend.
▪ So I decide to hold my peace for a little while longer.
▪ Why did he want to hold his peace?
hold/stand your ground
▪ As his father approached, Richard retreated steadily, never once daring to stand his ground against him.
▪ I calculate, I stand my ground.
▪ Not enough to start a war; just enough to let me stand my ground without having to think about it first.
▪ Richmann stood his ground, certain he would be able to jump out of the. way if things went wrong.
▪ The guide, however, stood his ground, frantically giving me unrecognizable signs.
▪ The Housing Executive stood its ground and refused to transfer money earmarked for other projects.
▪ Williams' job was to hold his ground or drop into pass coverage.
▪ You know when to stand your ground and when to give in.
keep/hold sb/sth in check
▪ The court heard that the general was unable to keep his troops in check.
▪ The disease is held in check by weekly injections of a power drug.
▪ A small bag of zeolite was used for three days, every two weeks to keep ammonia in check.
▪ But it was rookie Coach Ray Rhodes who gets the most credit for keeping the team in check.
▪ Churn makes it harder for charities to raise money, keeps real-estate prices in check and politics volatile.
▪ His own temper rose, but he held it in check.
▪ In one important area the Navy held its ambitions in check for bargaining reasons within the Whitehall market-place.
▪ Mulch plants each spring with straw to conserve moisture and keep weeds in check.
▪ What is new is that the controls which held this population in check no longer exist.
keep/hold sth at bay
▪ Sandbags kept the floodwaters at bay.
▪ The government hopes to keep inflation at bay.
▪ All in all, the eatery is a breakfast bargain, with enough different components to keep boredom at bay.
▪ Another technique for keeping performance anxiety at bay is the group sing-along.
▪ Brown has kept the tumult at bay.
▪ Concentrating on Emma would help to keep her worries at bay for a little while.
▪ He was gritting his teeth against the pain, keeping it at bay while he studied the stump, the severed hand.
▪ My voice holds them at bay.
▪ She holds the adventurers at bay by holding the scroll over a candle flame and threatening to destroy it.
▪ Two green glazed lions guarded the gates to keep evil spirits at bay.
leave go/hold of sth
▪ Sometimes the girl did not leave hold of her swing, and the act failed.
loosen your grip/hold
▪ He made a choking noise, and Marco loosened his grip fractionally.
▪ I felt a shock charge through my hand and could not loosen my grip.
▪ Instead, he waited until the first fierce flood of tears had passed, then loosened his grip on her a little.
▪ It was on a block where he encountered three soldiers that he began to loosen his hold on the sequence.
▪ Richard first noticed me from across the street as he loosened his grip on the lamppost.
▪ The woman jabbed her cigarette into the man's face and he loosened his grip.
▪ When I loosened my grip on him he tried to run back toward Clarisa, stumbling and crawling.
▪ When there is none, he loosens his grip and turns away.
relax your hold/grip
▪ But attitudes of this kind took time to gain the upper hand: the past relaxed its grip only slowly.
▪ He relaxed his grip on the mug, rolled his sleeves down, pushed his chair back.
▪ Never for one moment does this shimmering, simmering emotional desert storm of a film relax its grip on your senses.
▪ The pilots cautiously relaxed their grip and let their muscles slacken.
▪ Then with excruciating slowness he relaxed his hold, allowing her to back away a pace.
▪ Weeping with merriment, gleeful through and through, she never relaxed her grip.
▪ When he tries to say something I relax my grip.
stand/hold firm
▪ Although momentarily tempted by the seductively rich chocolate dessert Sabrina's willpower held firm and she gave it to Graham.
▪ Another went to a selectman for standing firm.
▪ But de Gaulle held firm because he knew that time was working in his favour.
▪ C., held firm, since the federal government kept hiring more and more bureaucrats.
▪ He stands firm on his convictions.
▪ Last week the closely held firm announced it had sold $ 17. 25 million worth of limited partnership interests.
▪ Mr Scargill urged the miners to prepare for battle: they must stand firm over their wage claim.
▪ They need to describe initially what issues they want to stand firm on and what issues they can give way to.
tighten your grip/hold on sth
▪ He tightened his grip on the sub-machine-gun, waited for the helicopter to slow and swing towards him.
▪ His arm shook and he tightened his grip on the stock of the rifle to still it.
▪ However, planning permission is required, and legislation is tightening its grip on mast sites.
▪ It was only when they tensed, curling and tightening their grip on the floor, did he realise they were alive.
▪ Oats tightened his grip on the axe.
▪ The suspended despair inside her splintered into a shuddering sob and Fernando tightened his hold on her.
▪ There were months of interrogations, torture and repression as the military tightened its grip on the country.
▪ They tightened their grip on the girl.
wait a minute/just a minute/hold on a minute/hang on a minute
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ I tightened my hold on the child as we crossed the busy road.
▪ In this form of wrestling there are a number of different holds, each used in a different situation.
▪ Kara tightened her hold on the bat.
▪ My mother relaxed, and loosened her hold on my hand.
▪ Prevost asked me if I still had hold of my camera.
▪ The cliff is steep and it's difficult to find a hold.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Analysts say the company has a potential to become extremely profitable if the technology takes hold.
▪ And I think I just might try to get hold of Mark.
▪ Bowman caught hold of the short lever fastened to the valve and with his last strength pulled it down.
▪ But when you get hold of the document and look at the detail you're in for a nasty surprise.
▪ Here was a gravity you could argue with; here was a horizon close enough to reach out and grasp hold of.
▪ It was a bit late for that, since the press had got hold of the story anyway.
▪ The wine Adrienne had kept passing to her was taking hold of an empty stomach.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
hold

Corona \Co*ro"na\ (k?-r?"n?), n.; pl. L. Coron[ae] (-n?), E. Coronas (-n?z). [L. corona crown. See Crown.]

  1. A crown or garland bestowed among the Romans as a reward for distinguished services.

  2. (Arch.) The projecting part of a Classic cornice, the under side of which is cut with a recess or channel so as to form a drip. See Illust. of Column.

  3. (Anat.) The upper surface of some part, as of a tooth or the skull; a crown.

  4. (Zo["o]l.) The shelly skeleton of a sea urchin.

  5. (Astronomy) A peculiar luminous appearance, or aureola, which surrounds the sun, and which is seen only when the sun is totally eclipsed by the moon.

  6. (Bot.)

    1. An inner appendage to a petal or a corolla, often forming a special cup, as in the daffodil and jonquil.

    2. Any crownlike appendage at the top of an organ.

  7. (Meteorol.)

    1. A circle, usually colored, seen in peculiar states of the atmosphere around and close to a luminous body, as the sun or moon.

    2. A peculiar phase of the aurora borealis, formed by the concentration or convergence of luminous beams around the point in the heavens indicated by the direction of the dipping needle.

  8. A crown or circlet suspended from the roof or vaulting of churches, to hold tapers lighted on solemn occasions. It is sometimes formed of double or triple circlets, arranged pyramidically. Called also corona lucis.
    --Fairholt.

  9. (Mus.) A character [[pause]] called the pause or hold.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
hold

Old English haldan (Anglian), healdan (West Saxon), "to contain, grasp; retain; foster, cherish," class VII strong verb (past tense heold, past participle healden), from Proto-Germanic *haldan (cognates: Old Saxon haldan, Old Frisian halda, Old Norse halda, Dutch houden, German halten "to hold," Gothic haldan "to tend"), originally "to keep, tend, watch over" (as cattle), later "to have." Ancestral sense is preserved in behold. The original past participle holden was replaced by held beginning 16c., but survives in some legal jargon and in beholden.\n

\nHold back is 1530s, transitive; 1570s, intransitive; hold off is early 15c., transitive; c.1600, intransitive; hold out is 1520s as "to stretch forth," 1580s as "to resist pressure." Hold on is early 13c. as "to maintain one's course," 1830 as "to keep one's grip on something," 1846 as an order to wait or stop. To hold (one's) tongue "be silent" is from c.1300. To hold (one's) own is from early 14c. To hold (someone's) hand "give moral support" is from 1935. Phrase hold your horses "be patient" is from 1844. To have and to hold have been paired alliteratively since at least c.1200, originally of marriage but also of real estate.

hold

"space in a ship below the lower deck, in which cargo is stowed," 15c. corruption in the direction of hold (v.) of Old English hol "hole" (see hole), influenced by Middle Dutch hol "hold of a ship," and Middle English hul, which originally meant both "the hold" and "the hull" of a ship (see hull). Or possibly from Old English holu "husk, pod." All from PIE *kel- "to cover, conceal."

hold

"act of holding," c.1100; "grasp, grip," c.1200, from Old English geheald (Anglian gehald) "keeping, custody, guard; watch, protector, guardian," from hold (v.). Meaning "place of refuge" is from c.1200; "fortified place" is from c.1300; "place of imprisonment" is from late 14c. Wrestling sense is from 1713. No holds barred "with all restrictions removed" is first recorded 1942 in theater jargon but is ultimately from wrestling. Telephoning sense is from c.1964, from expression hold the line, warning that one is away from the receiver, 1912.

Wiktionary
hold

Etymology 1

  1. (context obsolete English) gracious; friendly; faithful; true. Etymology 2

    n. A grasp or grip. v

  2. (lb en transitive) To grasp or grip. Etymology 3

    n. (context nautical aviation English) The cargo area of a ship or aircraft, (often ''cargo hold'').

WordNet
hold
  1. n. the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing" [syn: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip]

  2. understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices" [syn: appreciation, grasp]

  3. power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"

  4. time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action" [syn: delay, time lag, postponement, wait]

  5. a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police" [syn: detention, custody]

  6. a stronghold

  7. a cell in a jail or prison [syn: keep]

  8. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip" [syn: handle, grip, handgrip]

  9. the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo [syn: cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, storage area]

  10. [also: held]

hold
  1. v. organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: throw, have, make, give]

  2. keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes" [syn: keep, maintain]

  3. have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him" [syn: take hold] [ant: let go of]

  4. to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom" [syn: restrain, confine]

  5. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade" [syn: bear]

  6. have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard" [syn: have, have got]

  7. keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible" [syn: deem, view as, take for]

  8. contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water" [syn: bear, carry, contain]

  9. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger" [syn: control, hold in, contain, check, curb, moderate]

  10. remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"

  11. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment" [syn: harbor, harbour, entertain, nurse]

  12. assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"

  13. remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"

  14. secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree" [syn: retain, keep back, hold back]

  15. be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?" [syn: support, sustain, hold up]

  16. hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"

  17. keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"

  18. support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright" [syn: carry, bear]

  19. have room for; hold without crowding; "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people" [syn: accommodate, admit]

  20. be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon" [syn: contain, take]

  21. be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds" [syn: prevail, obtain]

  22. take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"

  23. protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks" [syn: defend, guard]

  24. declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent" [syn: declare, adjudge]

  25. have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"

  26. cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses" [syn: halt, arrest]

  27. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" [syn: oblige, bind, obligate]

  28. cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"

  29. drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry" [syn: carry]

  30. be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone" [syn: apply, go for]

  31. arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's" [syn: reserve, book]

  32. resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held" [syn: defy, withstand, hold up]

  33. keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"

  34. stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"

  35. aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"

  36. be in accord; be in agreement; "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point" [syn: agree, concur, concord] [ant: disagree]

  37. [also: held]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
HolD

In E. coli and other bacteria, holD is a gene that encodes the psi subunit of DNA polymerase III.

Hold (title)

Hold (or Hauld) is a title of nobility, used in Viking Scandinavia and England.

Hold (telephone)

In telephony, a call may be placed on hold, in which case the connection is not terminated but no verbal communication is possible until the call is removed from hold by the same or another extension on the key telephone system. Music on hold or On Hold Messaging may be played for the caller while the call is on hold, especially if the call has been placed to a customer service center. Alternatives to placing a caller on hold include virtual hold or virtual queuing solutions that allow scheduled or queue-based callbacks to be made to the caller.

Hold (baseball)

A hold (abbreviated HLD, H or HD) is awarded to a relief pitcher who meets the following three conditions:

1. Enters the game in a save situation; that is, when all of the following three conditions apply: (a) He appears in relief (i.e., is not the starting pitcher) when his team is leading; and (b) He is not the winning pitcher; and (c) He qualifies under one of the following conditions: (i) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and maintains that lead for at least one inning (ii) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck (iii) He pitches for at least three effective innings. 2. Records at least one out; 3. Leaves the game before it has ended without his team having relinquished the lead at any point and does not record a save.

The hold is not an official Major League Baseball statistic.MLB Miscellany: Rules, regulations and statistics

Hold (ship)

thumb|right|120px|View of the hold of a container ship A ship's hold or cargo hold is a space for carrying cargo. Cargo in holds may be either packaged in crates, bales, etc., or unpackaged ( bulk cargo). Access to holds is by a large hatch at the top. Ships have had holds for centuries; an alternative way to carry cargo is in standardised shipping containers, which may be loaded into appropriate holds or carried on deck.

Holds in older ships were below the orlop deck, the lower part of the interior of a ship's hull, especially when considered as storage space, as for cargo. In later merchant vessels it extended up through the decks to the underside of the weather deck.

Category:Ship compartments Category:Commercial item transport and distribution

Hold (song)

"Hold" is a song by Australian singer songwriter, Vera Blue. This was her first single under the name Vera Blue, as she'd previously released songs under her birth name, Celia Pavey. "Hold" was released on 18 September 2015 and peaked at number 62 on the Australian ARIA Chart in March 2016 and at number 5 on the US Spotify viral top 50 chart.

Upon release, Vera Blue said; “This song is about finding someone who pulls you out of a dark place. It’s about when you’ve opened your heart so many times to people and you finally find that person who is there to protect you, to look after you, even when you’ve hurt them and they’ve hurt you. You never give up on them.”

A black and white music video was released on 19 November 2015 to promote the single. It was directed by Pete Foley & Laura Nagy.

Usage examples of "hold".

The Empress might have enough support among the nobles to keep a precarious hold on her throne, but she had made no overtures to the common folk, and they were solidly opposed to the idea of an Aberrant ruler.

Tane and Asara were firing on the first Aberrant creature, trying to dissuade it from the panicking manxthwa, but it held fast.

Scott Velie commenced his prepared speech as he sat, holding in abeyance his moment for rising, which was timed to occur at the delivery of a key sentence halfway into his brief statement.

We may, however, omit for the present any consideration of the particular providence, that beforehand decision which accomplishes or holds things in abeyance to some good purpose and gives or withholds in our own regard: when we have established the Universal Providence which we affirm, we can link the secondary with it.

Dale of the Tower: there shall we abide a while to gather victual, a day or two, or three maybe: so my Lord will hold a tourney there: that is to say that I myself and some few others shall try thy manhood somewhat.

But now hold up thine heart, and keep close for these two days that we shall yet abide in Tower Dale: and trust me this very evening I shall begin to set tidings going that shall work and grow, and shall one day rejoice thine heart.

Both Abigail and Moira laughed with delight as they sought to hold down the billowing cloth.

And since according to those same canonical institutions all such are to be condemned as heretics, but you holding to wiser counsel and returning to the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church have abjured, as we have said, all vile heresy, therefore we absolve you from the sentence of excommunication by which you were deservedly bound as one hateful to the Church of God.

It bore both the rich aroma of leaves being burnt in the fall and the faint perfume of wildflowers ablow in the spring, but it also held a third attar which seemed to be the breath of the Wind itself which none could ever set name to.

Once in a while, though, there would be glimpses of the sun--which looked abnormally large--and of the moon, whose markings held a touch of difference from the normal that I could never quite fathom.

The water boiled around Abo as the shark thrashed, but Abo stayed on and, holding the stick like handlebars, he pulled back to keep the shark from diving and steered him into the shallow water of the reef, where the other men waited with their knives drawn.

A roar went up from the crowd on the beach as Abo turned the shark over to the slaughterers and held up his arms in triumph.

So they abode a little, and the more part of what talk there was came from the Lady, and she was chiefly asking Ralph of his home in Upmeads, and his brethren and kindred, and he told her all openly, and hid naught, while her voice ravished his very soul from him, and it seemed strange to him, that such an one should hold him in talk concerning these simple matters and familiar haps, and look on him so kindly and simply.

Chrissie, took both her hands and held them gently in his, as aware of her abraded palm as he was aware of his own injured wrist.

Yet during abreaction at one point she was acting out holding the knife and doing the slashing.