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  • v. To restrain; to check.
  • v. To continue, to hold and to manage well.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. keep
  • v. restrain


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  • Saul was signed up to hold down the office and sleep in the South Room.

    The Black Mountain

  • Silas Pickett couldn't hold down a job, but he could fish and hunt tirelessly.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • Turns out your old pal Hilario's insisting on a minimum $1,000 bet from every spectator just to hold down the traffic.

    Stallion Gate

  • Tell you what, hold down Fort Crazy here, and we’ll see you in a bit.

    Paradise General

  • He used the Dragon Scepter to hold down one end and a gold-mounted inkpot and matching sand-bowl for the other.

    Lord of Chaos

  • They hold down the springy pleachers and draw an elegant line along the hedge, protecting it from cattle, which will tend to lean into it or massage their necks against it.


  • In the long run, the True Power was far more addictive than the One Power; a strong will could hold down the desire to draw more saidar or saidin, but she herself did not believe the will existed strong enough to resist the True Power, not once the saa appeared in your eyes.

    A Crown of Swords

  • A further force of two Scharnhorst-class battle cruisers and two Tirpitz-class battleships would have stayed in home waters to hold down as many British capital ships as possible.

    Graf Spee


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