Definition of hold someone down in English:

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hold someone down

Keep someone under strict control or severely restrict their freedom: the people are held down by a repressive military regime
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  • Twenty men could hold down the strongest strong man in any society, ancient or modern.
  • She had seen it collapse, would have run back into the flames, but strong arms had held her down, apparently.
  • Knox, a teacher's daughter, reportedly burst into tears when it was suggested she held her flatmate down.
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