hold down something

hold down something
hold down (something) to succeed in keeping something.

He's never been able to hold down a steady job.

The film held down second place in the top five movies over the last weekend.


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  • hold down — (something) to succeed in keeping something. He s never been able to hold down a steady job. The film held down second place in the top five movies over the last weekend …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold down — verb 1. keep (Freq. 1) She manages to hold down two jobs • Hypernyms: ↑retain, ↑hold, ↑keep back, ↑hold back • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold-down — (hōldʹdoun ) n. 1. a. The act of holding down. b. A limit or restraint: “Voters want a hold down on the Federal budget” (Newsweek). 2. Something, such as a clamp, used to hold an object in place. * * * …   Universalium

  • hold down — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms hold down : present tense I/you/we/they hold down he/she/it holds down present participle holding down past tense held down past participle held down 1) to hold someone who is lying down, so that they cannot… …   English dictionary

  • hold down — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. fix, pin down, control; see prevent , restrain 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To hold (something requiring an outlet) in check: burke, choke (back), gag, hold back, hush (up), muffle, quench, repress, smother,… …   English dictionary for students

  • hold-down — noun Date: 1888 1. something used to fasten an object in place 2. a. an act of holding down b. limit < agreed to wage rate hold downs > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hold — hold1 [hōld] vt. held, holding [ME holden < Anglian OE haldan (WS healdan), akin to Ger halten, Goth haldan, to tend sheep < IE base * kel , to drive, incite to action > Gr kelēs, swift horse, L celer, swift: prob. sense development:… …   English World dictionary

  • hold — Ⅰ. hold [1] ► VERB (past and past part. held) 1) grasp, carry, or support. 2) keep or detain. 3) have in one s possession. 4) contain or be capable of containing. 5) have or occupy (a job or position) …   English terms dictionary

  • hold — hold1 W1S1 [həuld US hould] v past tense and past participle held [held] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in your hand/arms)¦ 2¦(event)¦ 3¦(keep something in position)¦ 4¦(job/title)¦ 5¦(keep/store)¦ 6¦(keep something available for somebody)¦ 7¦(keep somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hold — hold1 [ hould ] (past tense and past participle held [ held ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 carry ▸ 2 stop someone/something from moving ▸ 3 put arms around someone ▸ 4 (be able to) contain ▸ 5 have ▸ 6 continue in same state ▸ 7 keep/stop something ▸ 8 not… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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