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hold fast

1. To remain securely adhered (to something). I didn't think the makeshift weld would do the trick, but I'm happy to say that it's holding fast.
2. To remain determined, stalwart, and unyielding, as in one's position or opinion. Though it may be hard, we must hold fast in our pledge to environmental reform.
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hold ˈfast to something

refuse to stop believing in something such as a theory, principle, religion, etc: She knew that whatever happened in her life, she would hold fast to her religious beliefs.
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References in classic literature ?
And he held fast by Gerda, who laughed and wept for joy.
He bowed as I drew aside to let him pass--his face was fearfully pale--and he held fast by the banisters as he descended the stairs.
Indeed, he went so fast that Aunt Em had hard work to catch her breath, and Uncle Henry held fast to the seat of the red wagon.
In attempting to lift it from its burying place I dis-covered that it seemed to be held fast by means of a very small insulated cable running farther into the sand beneath it.
Another institution that has not pushed back but may be said to have held fast is the Catholic Church.
As with many independent advisors, up until that conference, Phillips held fast to an endangered motto: advisor as lone wolf--aaaawooooooooooh.
like a station upraised arm, quayside goodbye, held fast by toed claws
the holy month) as well as fresh meals and held fast breaking banquets for a