Entry from British & World English dictionary
A course of action designed to maintain the status quo under difficult circumstances: the best we can hope for is an uneasy holding operation
More example sentences
- 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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