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hold down

1. To physically restrain someone or something against a surface, typically a horizontal one, such as the ground. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "down." As a kid, I hated getting shots so much that a nurse usually had to hold me down. Hold down those papers so they don't blow away.
2. To maintain something, often a job. He's never been able to hold down a job, so he'll probably be fired within a week.
3. To limit something. Can you please get the kids to hold down the screaming while I'm on the phone?
4. To be able to digest food without vomiting. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "down." I'm surprised that I was able to hold down that disgusting dinner.
See also: down, hold

hold down

1. Also, keep down. Limit, restrain, as in Please hold down the noise. [First half of 1500s] Also see keep down.
2. Work at or discharge one's duties satisfactorily, as in He managed to hold down two jobs at the same time. [Colloquial; 1800s]
See also: down, hold

hold down

v.
1. To push down on something to prevent it from moving or shifting: Hold down the rug while we move the furniture. I held the clothes down so the suitcase would close.
2. To prevent someone or something from advancing: Once that team gets going, you can't hold them down. Don't hold down everyone else just because you're tired.
3. To limit the amount or level of something: Please hold the noise down. Hold down the music.
4. To keep a job for an extended period of time: My cousin can't seem to hold down a job for more than a few months. If I could hold a job down, I wouldn't be broke.
5. To digest food successfully: I'm so sick, I haven't been able to hold down anything. If you eat slowly, maybe you can hold your food down.
See also: down, hold
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Within services, weather conditions held down growth of real outlays for energy services in the first quarter and boosted them in the second.
Although this increase is up from the restrained rate of growth in fiscal 1996 -- which was held down by the government shutdown -- spending growth remained subdued across most categories.
Net expenditures for deposit insurance, which had been slightly positive in 1992, were negative in fiscal 1993, held down in part by delays in funding the activities of the Resolution Trust Corporation.
The increase in employment in January of this year apparently was held down by bad weather.
Despite the continuing shrinkage of the thrift industry, however, the pace of residential lending by banks slowed as sluggish economic growth held down the demand for housing.
Profitability was also held down by elevated noninterest expenses, particularly onetime charges associated with restructuring.
The resulting rise in the unemployment rate, though, was damped relative to that during earlier contractions, as unusually slow growth of the labor force held down the number of job seekers; the unemployment rate in June of this year, 7 percent, was about 3A percentage point below the average jobless rate at the end of previous recessions.
The decline in economic activity held down the demand for loans to finance both working capital and business investment and reduced the demand for merger-related financing.
After the killings, police said Carasi told them he was held down by men who robbed and stabbed his mother and ex-lover, but was allowed to live.
This is the first time Detroit has held down new model-year prices since the mid-1950s, said industry sales analyst Art Spinella of CNW Marketing Research in Bandon, Ore.
The driver of the car was held down by several eyewitnesses until officers arrived, police said.
The car sped away but crashed into a ditch shortly afterward, Lane said, and the driver was held down by several eyewitnesses until officers arrived.
The Allen card was double-printed, which has held down the value of his rookie card.