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  • n. Alternative spelling of holdall.


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  • When she bent over her capacious hold-all and rummaged around in it, he glimpsed some kind of hideous milking contraption, a plastic bottle attached to a suction cap, that made him turn aside in faint disgust.

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  • The effect is that of a slightly withered, tatty, Miss Havisham-esque hold-all.

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  • It is not clear what Mr. Borthwick meant here by the hold-all term “took.”

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Bits and pieces, odds and ends, this and that — whilst pottering about in my flat yesterday morning a single hold-all word for these vague but necessary collective terms, with special application in the kitchen, popped into my head: manavalums.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • He remembered Johnnie Duke putting his hold-all on the floor behind the front seats, and he remembered him leaning over to pick it up.

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  • A hitchhiker, a tall thin fair-haired youth looking not much above twenty, wearing faded jeans and an old leather jacket and carrying a few extra clothes in a canvas hold-all.

    The Elvis Latte

  • An omlette, though, is an equally generous hold-all for food bits that need uniting.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Poppy had an enormous Mulberry hold-all full of tax cuts.

    Tamzin's Blackpool report

  • Politics is not the hold-all of a writer's thematic thrust.

    Letter 49

  • Elsa, in a drab-coloured dust-coat, a grey hat with a brown gossamer veil flying from it, and yellow boots; with a little travelling-bag slung across her shoulders, and carrying a band-box and a brown-holland hold-all, on which, in red cotton, with many a flourish, was embroidered: “A pleasant journey!”

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg


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