from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that is held over from an earlier time: a political advisor who was a holdover from the Reagan era; a family tradition that is a holdover from my grandparents' childhood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something left behind, saved or remaining from an earlier time.
- n. The distance (at target) by which a rifle scope is aimed higher than the intended point of impact in order to compensate for bullet drop over the distance to the target.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any person or thing remaining from a previous period of use, tenure, etc
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place of detention; a lock-up.
- n. An office-holder who remains in office, or in possession, beyond his regular term: sometimes used attributively.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something that has survived from the past
- n. an official who remains in office after his term
- v. keep in a position or state from an earlier period of time
- v. continue a term of office past the normal period of time
- v. intimidate somebody (with a threat)
- v. hold back to a later time
- v. hold over goods to be sold for the next season
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Lute, too, is a holdover from the Bush administration - although not a member of the Pentagon phalanx.
Is equal representation by jurisdiction in the US senate a holdover from the holy roman empire, just like the US electoral college?
Apparently it's a holdover from the time when investment banks were partnerships and the firm's partners shared in the income or loss of the partnership, which couldn't be determined till year's end.
President-elect Barack Obama will be keeping another holdover from the Bush administration on his national security team — Lt.Gen. Douglas E. Lute, who will keep his job coordinating Iraq and Afghanistan policy out of the National Security Council, according to transition officials.
And the whole pink triangle thing is just a holdover from the concentration camp era.
The soft whine which breathed lightly through the PA system, a holdover from the previous administration, cut off before she had the opportunity to activate the shutdown sequence.
TCR: Their government is sort of a holdover from a largely bygone era when many nations were communists, so isn't it true that they need to maintain some fairly strong forward momentum, otherwise they could run into some political problems?
In both countries, the sharia law system is a holdover from the colonial past and governs issues of personal law -- like marriage and divorce -- for Muslim citizens.
Marx certainly viewed private property as a holdover from a feudal age.
My inclination had been to say that press over-emphasis of state-specific factors was probably a holdover from the unusually close 2000 election when the details of the electoral college turned out to really matter.