Definition of holding operation in English:

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holding operation

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A course of action designed to maintain the status quo under difficult circumstances: the best we can hope for is an uneasy holding operation
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  • This year is much more about a holding operation, to start building things up again,’ he said.
  • At first it was a holding operation, with roofs re-tiled and chimneys rebuilt.
  • The barricade itself was purely a holding operation.

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