Definition of holding operation in English:

holding operation

Line breaks: hold|ing op¦er|ation

noun

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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Pronunciation: ˈapəzɪt
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something