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hold onto

1. To grasp (something.) Hold onto the steering wheel, please.
2. To carry or store (something). Can you hold onto my keys while we're at the party?
3. To keep or maintain something. My mom has held onto all my old art projects, even ones from when I was in preschool. He's had trouble holding onto a steady job, so hopefully this one will last.
See also: hold
References in classic literature ?
Why, most likely he'd a settled down in San Francisco--he'd a-had to--an' held onto them three Market street lots, an' bought more lots, of course, an' gone into steamboat companies, an' stock gamblin', an' railroad buildin', an' Comstock-tunnelin'.
D'Artagnan held onto this idea, which, from what he had heard, was not wanting in probability.
Summary: New Delhi [India], August 31 (ANI): Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi, who held onto the tag of 'serial kisser' for nearly 14 years, feels media stretched that tag a bit too long.
Mark Pawsey held onto Rugby with a reduced majority of 8,212 over Labour's Claire Edwards.
Summary: Adele has held onto the number one spot in the UK album chart for an impressive tenth consecutive week.
Summary: HONG KONG, Jun 11, SPA -- Hong Kong stocks held onto gains as a rally in Asian markets boosted investor confidence and bargain-hunting drove up property and energy counters, according to Reuters.
In Wolverhampton North East, Labour's Emma Reynolds held onto the seat for her party with 14,448 votes.
Some have held onto the ashes of individuals for decades waiting for family members to claim them.
The Trojans raced out to a double-digit lead and controlled most of the game, but could not finish as UCLA kept control over the cross-town rivalry and held onto sole possession of first place in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 70-65 victory over USC.
The reader travels back to the early 20th century, when indigenous people were still visible in the Caribbean and when the children of African slaves freely held onto their traditions.
While premium grades, such as the bundles offered by auto stamping plants, lost $40 or more per ton, some of the lower grades held onto their strong pricing, or perhaps fell only $10 or $15 per ton.
Entering the burning structure a second time, Myers grasped the elderly man's legs while the neighbor and bystander grabbed Myers' legs and dragged her out as she held onto Rought.
The way the tyres were, I think it is very doubtful Barrichello could have held onto first place if it had rained and very doubtful that Michael could have held onto eighth.
Since the group's listing in 1996, most of them confidently held onto their shares in what has until now been a lucrative bet on Japan's surging consumer loan boom.
Portuguese-speakers showed a distinct preference for Brazil in their voting choices, and some of last year's winners held onto their crowns.