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hold down something

also hold something down
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

1. Also, keep down. Limit, restrain, as in Please hold down the noise. [First half of 1500s] Also see keep down.
2. Work at or discharge one's duties satisfactorily, as in He managed to hold down two jobs at the same time. [Colloquial; 1800s]
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hold down

v.
1. To push down on something to prevent it from moving or shifting: Hold down the rug while we move the furniture. I held the clothes down so the suitcase would close.
2. To prevent someone or something from advancing: Once that team gets going, you can't hold them down. Don't hold down everyone else just because you're tired.
3. To limit the amount or level of something: Please hold the noise down. Hold down the music.
4. To keep a job for an extended period of time: My cousin can't seem to hold down a job for more than a few months. If I could hold a job down, I wouldn't be broke.
5. To digest food successfully: I'm so sick, I haven't been able to hold down anything. If you eat slowly, maybe you can hold your food down.
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As health care costs continue to spiral out of control, we must look for innovative ways to hold down these costs," Assembly Member Koretz said.
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As we have worked to hold down F-16 unit costs, we have followed a simple philosophy: Systems must be affordable in peace to be available in war.
The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and the League of California Cities today released city and county survey information, which documents alarming growth in local governments' workers' compensation costs -- even though the number of claims filed is declining, and local governments are able to hold down insurance rates by self-insuring.
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This rip-off is explained as necessary to hold down inflation and hold down the stock market by making money more expensive.
In addition, although the future course of energy prices is uncertain, a repeat of last year's declines, which helped to hold down the overall CPI, cannot be counted on.
Hutchinson's letter charged that the Big Three proposal contradicts a fundamental principle of health care cost containment -- to increase the awareness, responsibility, and incentive of health care recipients to hold down costs.
With ever-increasing employee benefit costs, employers are looking for creative solutions to help hold down their benefit costs," said Len Cavallaro, Senior Vice President - Marketing.
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Many districts are extremely prudent, sometimes to a fault, to hold down that fee because it may happen to be a sensitive and serious issue in a community,'' said Stan Rose, a consultant with the state School Facilities Planning Office in Sacramento.