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  • verb To support or uphold, especially from beneath; sustain.
  • verb music To hold a note for a shorter duration than required.
  • verb To hold an infant or child for less time than needed.
  • noun wrestling An unfair seizing of an opponent under the arms.
  • noun gymnastics An underhand grip, especially while hanging from a bar.


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From under- +‎ hold.


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  • The throat was exposed; the deadly underhold, given which no dog breathing could evade

    Jan A Dog and a Romance 1912

  • Tightening his underhold, and drawing in on the small of the giant's back, he raised himself on his toes, and pressed the top of his head, with all his might, against the bottom of the beach-comber's chin.

    Black Caesar's Clan : a Florida Mystery Story Albert Payson Terhune 1907

  • The general idea is to build a sort of tower or flag-pole on the planet -- something that reaches far enough out over the edge to get an underhold as it were -- grip hold of the force of gravity where it works backwards.

    The Voice of the Machines An Introduction to the Twentieth Century Gerald Stanley Lee 1903

  • Yankee suddenly loosed his wrist and gripped him tight about the body in an underhold, so that Dan could not whirl him round; but he could twist that wrist and twist it he did, with both hands and all his strength.

    The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come John Fox 1891

  • Bishop ducked and got an underhold, and I was sure Harding would go down, but he braced himself with his huge legs, and with the strength of

    John Henry Smith A Humorous Romance of Outdoor Life Frederick Upham Adams 1890

  • In the work-room 'tweendecks the thermometer generally stood about +10°, and even in the underhold, which was not heated, but lay under the water-line, the temperature was never under, commonly 1° or 2° above, the freezing-point.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II Alexander Leslie 1866


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