hold at

hold someone or something at something

to keep someone or something at some distance, such as an arm's length, respectful distance, comfortable distance, etc. I held the child at an arm's length until he could be calmed. The police held the crowd at a distance from the injured man.
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Perhaps more significantly, when the former shareholders or partners of the domestic entity hold at least 80% of the foreign surrogate corporation, that foreign corporation will be treated as a domestic corporation for all Sec.