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Tomorrow they should hold placards of the cartoons Charlie Hebdo had printed.
But how much they have regained or how durable their hold is remains unclear.
But that would now have to be put on hold because he had been shot in the Bronx.
It used to carry livestock but sailed its final voyage with a hold full of Syrian men, women, and children.
He could deliver a quick, effective speech, or hold a proper press conference.
If you can’t skin yourself you can hold a leg while somebody else skins.
You know what you hold, and if ’tain’t a hand to lay down, it must be a hand to raise on.
When the Kings were weak the nobles often managed to get hold of the State.
They were good fighters and for a long time they were able to hold their own against all invaders.
I have known Harriet for many years, and I hold her in my high esteem.
- a tenure or holding, esp of land
- ( in combination ): leasehold, freehold, copyhold
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Old English haldan (Anglian), healdan (West Saxon), «to contain, grasp, retain, foster, cherish,» class VII strong verb (past tense heold , past participle healden ), from Proto-Germanic *haldanan (cf. Old Saxon haldan , Old Frisian halda , Old Norse halda , Dutch houden , German halten «to hold,» Gothic haldan «to tend»), originally «to keep, tend, watch over» (as cattle), later «to have.» Ancestral sense is preserved in behold. The original past participle holden was replaced by held beginning 16c., but survives in some legal jargon and in beholden.
«space in a ship below the lower deck, in which cargo is stowed,» 15c. corruption in the direction of hold (v.) of Old English hol «hole» (see hole), influenced by Middle Dutch hol «hold of a ship,» and Middle English hul , which originally meant both «the hold» and «the hull» of a ship (see hull). Or possibly from Old English holu «husk, pod.» All from PIE *kel- «to cover, conceal.»
«act of holding,» c.1100, «grasp, grip,» c.1200, from Old English geheald (Anglian gehald ) «keeping, custody, guard, watch, protector, guardian,» from hold (v.). Meaning «place of refuge» is from c.1200, «fortified place» is from c.1300, «place of imprisonment» is from late 14c. Wrestling sense is from 1713. No holds barred «with all restrictions removed» is first recorded 1942 in theater jargon but is ultimately from wrestling. Telephoning sense is from c.1964, from expression hold the line , warning that one is away from the receiver, 1912.