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hold (down) the fort

To keep some place in line or operational in someone else's absence. Don't worry, boss, I'll hold down the fort while you're away.
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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

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

mainly BRITISH or

hold down the fort

AMERICAN
If you hold the fort for someone, you look after things for them while they are somewhere else. Her husband holds the fort at their Norfolk home during the week. You can hold down the fort here. I shouldn't be too long.
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hold the fort

take responsibility for a situation while someone is absent.
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hold the ˈfort

(British English) (American English hold down the ˈfort) (informal) be in charge or taking care of something while the person usually responsible is not there: I’m going abroad for a few weeks, and Kathy will hold the fort while I’m away.
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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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