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hold1 British & World English

Grasp, carry, or support with one’s arms or hands

hold2 British & World English

A large compartment or space in the lower part of a ship or aircraft in which cargo is stowed

hold English Thesaurus

she was holding a brown leather suitcase

keep one's end up British & World English

Perform well in a difficult or competitive situation

have someone in the palm of one's hand British & World English

Have someone under one’s control or influence

have no terrors for someone British & World English

Not frighten or worry someone

on hold British & World English

Waiting to be connected while making a telephone call

hold up British & World English

Remain strong or vigorous

hold-up British & World English

A situation that causes delay

hold-up English Thesaurus

I ran into a hold-up and nearly didn't get here

hold fast British & World English

Remain tightly secured

hold good British & World English

Remain true or valid

take hold British & World English

Start to have an effect

hold back British & World English

Hesitate to act or speak

hold off British & World English

(Of bad weather) fail to occur

hold out British & World English

Resist or survive in difficult circumstances

hold sway British & World English

Have great power or influence over a particular person, place, or domain

hold court British & World English

Be the centre of attention amidst a crowd of one’s admirers

hold hands British & World English

(Of two or more people) clasp each other by the hand, typically as a sign of affection

hold serve British & World English

(In tennis and other racket sports) win a game in which one is serving

hold thumbs British & World English

Fold one’s fingers over one’s thumb to bring good luck

hold water British & World English

(Of a statement, theory, or line of reasoning) appear to be valid, sound, or reasonable

hold forth British & World English

Talk lengthily, assertively, or tediously about a subject

hold button British & World English

A button on a telephone that temporarily interrupts a call so that another call may be taken

hold together British & World English

Remain or cause to remain united

scissor hold British & World English

A hold in which the head or other part of the opponent’s body is gripped between the legs which are then locked at the instep or ankles to apply pressure

clap hold of British & World English

Grab someone or something roughly or abruptly

get hold of British & World English

Grasp physically

hold out for British & World English

Continue to demand (a particular thing), refusing to accept what has been offered

hold out on British & World English

Refuse to give something, typically information, to (someone)

lay hold of British & World English

Catch or gain possession of

hold the field British & World English

Remain the most important

hold the fort British & World English

Take responsibility for a situation while another person is temporarily absent

hold the line British & World English

Not yield to the pressure of a difficult situation

hold one's nose British & World English

Squeeze one’s nostrils with one’s fingers in order to avoid inhaling an unpleasant smell

hold one's own British & World English

Retain a position of strength in a challenging situation

hold the ring British & World English

Monitor a dispute or conflict without becoming involved in it

hold the stage British & World English

Dominate a scene of action or forum of debate

Texas hold 'em British & World English

A poker game in which players compose their hands from cards dealt to them combined with community cards dealt face up and shared among them


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