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  • v. To grasp or grip firmly.
  • v. To keep; to store something for someone.
  • v. Wait a short while.
  • v. To remain loyal.
  • v. To persist

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

  • v. retain possession of
  • v. be persistent, refuse to stop
  • v. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
  • v. hold the phone line open
  • v. hold firmly


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  • As soon as Natalia Borisovna releases her hold on my shoulder, I rush across town to tell Nina the good news, and we celebrate in her kitchen with menthol cigarettes, pondering through the clouds of smoke how brilliantly we are going to lure our capitalist students into the world of Russian language and literature.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • Over the sounding-board angels hold on high the St. Andrew's cross, and beneath the dove, representing the Holy

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  • Probabiliorists; so that Probabiliorism had gained a strong hold on theologians when Medina arrived on the scene.

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  • Pattie used her secondary limbs to maintain her own hold on the peg-pole.


  • As a result, they were wary of backing any policies that might weaken Gorbachevs hold on powerbe it greater autonomy let alone independence for individual Soviet republics or calls for more far-reaching political and economic reforms by Boris Yeltsin, who had been elected president of the Russian Republic.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Thus the first Karsid contacts—which, of course, were in the Karsid's usual form of 'traders from another land,' as they never disclosed the fact that they were alien until their hold on the economy was virtually unbreakable—was recorded as 'In the Year of the Gashkrith in the reign of Khorad son of N'gar in the five-hundredth cycle of Algol'—or Shem, as they sometimes called that star.


  • These last few have been days to hold on to: bright sunshine through fat-bottomed clouds; ringlet butterflies flickering over flowering grasses; yellow-and-black-banded cinnabar moth caterpillars twitching as they spun threads to tie themselves to ragwort; bright pink lip-gloss heads of pyramidal orchids – these things once observed becoming dearly held.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • I wanted to be free of Uncle Jake: his remarks to Mother, his hold on Dad, his guns, his goons, his whiskey and cigars, even the sicklysweet smell of him that still haunted our living room.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • In 1553 the House of Lorraine began to acquire a hold on the See of

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  • Wittelsbach family, and Brandenburg was only able to acquire Cleve and a few adjacent districts (1614); even the hold on this inheritance was for a long time very insecure.

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