hold the floor

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hold the floor

To address an audience as the sole speaker or presenting group, especially at length and in an official capacity. The senator held the floor in support of the bill for nearly eight hours yesterday. Tom is holding the floor right now. You'll have your turn to respond after he's finished.
See also: floor, hold
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ˌhold the ˈfloor

speak at a public meeting, etc. for a long time, often stopping others from speaking: The American delegation held the floor for three quarters of an hour, putting forward their proposals.
See also: floor, hold
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He held the floor for five minutes and then Art Wilson began to talk.
Sifton and other Democrats held the floor for about two hours before the bill was set aside.
In 1908, for example, Robert La Follette of Wisconsin held the floor for 18 hours--speaking for long periods of time, and demanding dozens of quorum calls and roll-call votes--to stall a banking reform bill.
In the first 10 years, only four of the speakers were women, but in the last decade more than 20 women have held the floor. There were 79 meetings in 1947-58, of which 16 covered government operations, 12 the natural sciences, 9 issues of development, and 13 human society.
Davis, of course, held the floor for hours to prevent passage of the bill at the end of the first special session.
She then held the floor for almost 11 hours to deliver her momentous speech to obstruct the final vote.
Over the course of about 90 minutes, where he held the floor at the committee meeting almost continually, McGovern accurately read off the technical description of each of dozens of amendments, one after another, making formal motions, requests for waivers and roll call votes, following parliamentary procedures to the letter for each.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe I have held the floor for enough of your time this morning, and I thank you for your attention.
They held the floor for two songs as bemused holiday-makers looked on.
"I was in his company a lot and he always held the floor, even at dinner parties with the likes of John Gielgud and Larry Olivier.
I recall going to San Francisco and when questions were thrown open I held the floor for 10 to 15 minutes."
The Ronnie's house band held the floor until 10pm, when the Sheffield singer took to the stage for his hour-long set.
"It's simple Mum," he said with a sarcastic smile, "just look for the car parked furthest from the kerb." Later that day, during a family meal, he held the floor for a full 15 minutes while he relayed this story (and a few others of a similar nature) before concluding that: "Mum is as hopeless at parking as she is at her nine times table and scoring penalties."