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hold court

To be surrounded by (a lot of) people, typically supporters, admirers, or subordinates, and have their full attention. My father was considered one of the leaders in his small town, and he would often hold court with people from the community in our kitchen. The manager makes a point of holding court in the board room once a week to make sure everyone is on the same page.
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hold court

Be surrounded by and command the attention of admirers, subordinates, or hangers-on. For example, After a match Judy generally held court in the locker room. This expression alludes to royalty convening courtiers as well as a judge convening a court of law.
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hold court

COMMON If you hold court, you are surrounded by people who listen to what you say because they consider you interesting or important. Ray, as ever, was holding court at the end of the table. She used to hold court in the college canteen, surrounded by a crowd of admirers. Note: This expression is often used to suggest that the person holding court is rather self-important and does not deserve this attention and admiration. Note: `Court' in this expression refers to the court of a king or queen.
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hold court

be the centre of attention amidst a crowd of your admirers.
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hold ˈcourt

(often ironic) be the centre of attention in a group of people who find what you say interesting and amusing: There was Professor Johnson, holding court as usual in the students’ coffee bar.
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Perry only casually let it slip that he was here not for the departing "Friends," but for a guest appearance on" The West Wing." (In the end he lost to William Shatner.) Nearby, fellow nominees Anthony LaPaglia and Martin Landau held court in the poolside cabanas, while Raquel Welch mixed with guests as a rep for the series "American Family," She also narrowly missed wiping out a waiter carrying a tray of martinis, but few people noticed, They were too busy asking Perry for butter.