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man the fort

To mind or take charge of a location during the time in which it is unattended by another. Don't worry, honey, I'll man the fort at home until you get back from the grocery store. The entire editorial department left the office early for their Christmas celebration, leaving just a couple of interns to man the fort for the rest of the day.
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be like Fort Knox

To be inaccessible, usually because the item or place in question is locked or guarded. Fort Knox is a military site in Kentucky where stores of gold are kept. The kids are home by themselves, but don't worry, the house is like Fort Knox with all the security cameras. I can't get into the safe, it's like Fort Knox!
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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

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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be like/as safe as Fort ˈKnox

(about a building) be strongly built, with many locks, strong doors, alarms, etc. so that it is very safe and difficult for thieves to enter: This home of yours is like Fort Knox.Financially she’s as safe as Fort Knox. Fort Knox is a military base in Kentucky where most of the US’s store of gold is kept.
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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

1. To assume responsibility, especially in another's absence.
2. To maintain a secure position.
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References in classic literature ?
The closer they approached the fort the greater became their apprehension that all would not be well.
Within hailing distance they set up such a loud shouting that presently heads appeared above the top of the parapet and soon answering shouts were rising from within Fort Dinosaur.
They told them of the infamous act of Baron Friedrich von Schoenvorts and his German crew who had stolen the U-33, breaking their parole, and steaming away toward the subterranean opening through the barrier cliffs that carried the waters of the inland sea into the open Pacific beyond; and of the cowardly shelling of the fort.
Thus of the original party of eleven Allies and nine Germans that had constituted the company of the U-33 when she left English waters after her capture by the crew of the English tug there were but five now to be accounted for at Fort Dinosaur.
I have travelled across Rajpootana that I might seek the shelter of the fort at Agra.
Besides, it was my life or his when once he was in the fort.
There was no use dividing it at present, for if gems of such value were found upon us it would cause suspicion, and there was no privacy in the fort nor any place where we could keep them.
Of course he thought he had taken refuge in the fort, and applied for admission there himself next day, but could find no trace of Achmet.
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The Lincoln Tower is a great Fort Wayne icon of hope, strength and leadership.
The assimilation of the operations mission at MTMC Fort Eustis was accelerated by the terrorist attacks of Sept.
He says groups in the past have been turned away because Old Fort William did not have the contemporary facilities that businesses requested.
Looking back from the 19th century, the orator Edward Everett spoke of the Jamestown fort in tidewater Virginia as the place ``where the first germs of the mighty republic .
The British victory prevented Fort Pitt, now Pittsburgh, from being captured, reopened lines of communication and supplies and thwarted the Indians from driving the British from their lands.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Lone Star Film Society, in association with Fort Worth Sister Cities International, announced the Lone Star International Film Festival will premiere in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov.