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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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He has got in free transfers and loan players to hold the fort and he has done a fantastic job.
But we do have guys that can step in and hold the fort down.
Having been away at the sales a lot recently I decided I had better hold the fort this weekend and allow Deirdre to go to Canada, where Zindabad runs in tomorrow's Canadian International.
Shiels said: "I had discussions with the chairman Michael Johnston last week and I've been informed to hold the fort and see how things go.
He will also be given the chance to hold the fort until the summer of 2002 even if the Scots flop.
Canning recently stood down for personal reasons leaving long-serving Forbes to hold the fort for the remaining games of the season.