hold the fort

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hold the fort

Fig. to take care of a place while someone who is usually there is gone, such as a store or one's home. (From western movies.) I'm going next door to visit Mrs. Jones. You stay here and hold the fort. You should open the store at eight o'clock and hold the fort until I get there at ten.
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hold the fort

  (British, American & Australian) also hold down the fort (American)
to be left in charge of a situation or place while someone is away Someone had to stay at home and hold the fort while my mother was out.
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hold the fort

Assume responsibility, especially in another's absence; also, maintain a secure position. For example, Harry did a good job of holding the fort until his boss recovered, or Can you hold the fort in the kitchen? This expression has been traced to an order given by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864, which was repeated as "Hold the fort [against the enemy at Allatoona] at all costs, for I am coming."
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hold the fort

tv. to remain behind and take care of things. I left John there to hold the fort.
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hold the fort

Informal
1. To assume responsibility, especially in another's absence.
2. To maintain a secure position.
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The guys that you've seen in the bullpen are going to hold down the fort, and do a job to help us win a lot of games," Valentine said.
I do trust my teammates will be able to hold down the fort until I get back,'' quipped Mourning, who expects to miss two games in the round- robin tournament.
The creative staff would hold down the fort just across the blue lagoon - at the luxurious Turtle Island Lodge.
I don't know a mom today who isn't being stretched to her limit trying to hold down a job, while trying to hold down the fort at home, too.
These weren't Army regulars, but a citizen militia asked to hold down the fort while the Iraq war rages overseas.
He should hold down the fort until the rest of the offense starts to click.
Letterman has been sidelined since late February with the painful skin condition, and a broad spectrum of guests have been parking themselves - often uneasily - in Dave's chair to hold down the fort.
We know we can hold down the fort if KG is out a game," Pierce said before the league announced the suspension early last night.
While a few diehards hold down the fort on Hollywood Boulevard waiting for ``Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Clones,'' this is a good time to look back - and forth - to episodes VI and I.
Senior Chriss Soldi will roam the wide-open spaces in center field, and senior Matt Linenkemper will hold down the fort in right field.
This experience has been tremendous for me, just to fill in and cover the Lakers and hold down the fort,'' said Sunderland, a former volleyball Olympian and a longtime Los Angeles resident who grew up listening and learning the game from Hearn's broadcasts.
And as mentioned above, DuVall is well equipped to hold down the fort but it remains to be seen if he can help Alice in Chains down some new roads rather than setting it up to be a nostalgia act.
If Kim and Alec can't stay together, if Meg and Dennis can't,'' she wrote in a recent column, ``it's unrealistic for us to expect Nicole and Tom to hold down the fort.
And all of this while they avoid the shopping mall and hold down the fort so their wives can spend the day fighting the crowds on the opening day of the holiday shopping season.
The Yankees have a few promising catchers in the minor leagues, and Martin is good enough to hold down the fort in 2013.