hold court


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hold court

to attract people who want your attention The actress held court with the reporters and photographers who followed her everywhere.
Etymology: based on the idea of a king who holds court (surrounds himself with people of high social rank and people who give advice)
See also: court, hold

hold court

  (humorous)
to get a lot of attention from a group of people by talking in a way that is entertaining, especially on social occasions
Usage notes: In the past, a king or queen held court when they talked to the people who gave them advice.
You'll find Mick holding court in the kitchen.
See also: court, hold

hold court

Be surrounded by and command the attention of admirers, subordinates, or hangers-on. For example, After a match Judy generally held court in the locker room. This expression alludes to royalty convening courtiers as well as a judge convening a court of law.
See also: court, hold
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Curiously, it is Johnson's Lieber Meister Mies--born at MOMA--who will likely hold court at the Whitney show, whose curator is Phyllis Lambert, founding director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
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