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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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References in classic literature ?
Through all his confusion of mind he had held fast to the resolve to say nothing that might startle or disturb her.
He cuts and saws the solid pond, unroofs the house of fishes, and carts off their very element and air, held fast by chains and stakes like corded wood, through the favoring winter air, to wintry cellars, to underlie the summer there.
the holy month) as well as fresh meals and held fast breaking banquets for a
The tiny bird seems unaware of the predator closing in on its tail - until its legs are held fast in its talons.
Let ourselves be held fast by doubt, caged in by doubt, eaten away by doubt, Should we be blind to doubt?
But when the silver was depleted, ammonium compounds held fast to the silica nanoparticles and continued to kill bacteria on contact.
Johnson made revisions to strengthen the story's structure, but she held fast to her original idea.
One woman held fast not for her rights, but for all of ours.
Throughout the conflict, Waletofea held fast to his belief that forgiveness is a vital part of building peace.
Justin said: "I have tried to learn about every system, but I have accepted the true doctrines of the Christians, though these are not approved by those who are held fast by error.