hold the floor

hold the floor

To control the space or platform in which one speaks to or in front of others. The Senate Minority Leader held the floor in support of the immigration bill for nearly eight hours yesterday. Tom is holding the floor right now; you'll have your turn to respond after he's finished.
See also: floor, hold

ˌhold the ˈfloor

speak at a public meeting, etc. for a long time, often stopping others from speaking: The American delegation held the floor for three quarters of an hour, putting forward their proposals.
See also: floor, hold
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Harris joined her Senate Democratic colleagues to hold the floor in opposition to the Senate Republicans secret health care bill, and highlighted the lack of transparency and bipartisanship shown throughout its development.
First, the Senate should get rid of the two-track system that allows it to bypass a filibustered bill and reinstitute the pre-1970 requirement that filibusterers hold the floor.
Democrats will hold the floor for the next 24 hours, until the final vote, to do everything we can to persuade just one more Republican to join us," Washington Sen.
A legislative filibuster would end when objecting senators could no longer hold the floor, at which point the majority could proceed with the business under consideration.
I can remember when it would hardly have been conceiveable that Derek would hold the floor there again.
The bolts that hold the floor platform in place are inserted at each corner, with one bolt going through each side and then through the stake.
Under current Senate Rules any member who is recognized to speak may hold the floor for as long as he or she wishes.
The difference between a filibuster and a chub lies in the amount of time a member can hold the floor.
This option is highly democratic: either person can hold the floor.
As I took a turn around the perimeter of the basketball court to head into the home stretch, my cheap sneakers couldn't hold the floor and I went crashing into the cinder-block wall, right knee first.
CA practitioners then tried to identify the underlying principles that direct conversation participants when and how to hold the floor, claim the floor and hand over the floor.
The filibuster allows him to hold the floor of the Senate and continue to talk as long as he wants (changing the minds of other Senators and blocking passage of the works bill at the same time), provided he doesn't sit down or yield the floor.
Vibration, and heavy use, can crack the welds that hold the corner posts to the floor brackets and around the bolts that hold the floor brackets to the frame.
Most commonly, the problem is caused by a simple case of the wrong nails, or too few of them, having been used to hold the floor down to the joists.