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hold (oneself) together

To calm oneself down and begin to think or act appropriately. I know you're stressed out, but you need to hold yourself together and get this report done! We need you to be focused, so hold yourself together!
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hold it together

To remain calm, composed, and ready to do what is necessary, especially in the face of adversity or crisis. I know you're stressed out, but you're the boss, and you need to hold it together for the sake of your team. The whole operation fell into chaos, but the captain held it together and kept his troops focused on the mission at hand.
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hold together

1. To keep the component parts of something together. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "together." Here's a binder clip to hold your report together. I don't think glue will hold the figurine together for long.
2. To cause a group of people to remain together. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "together." My aunt was the glue that held our family together. After she died, I hardly ever saw my relatives.
3. To calm oneself down and begin to think or act appropriately. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "hold" and "together." I know you're stressed out, but you need to hold yourself together and get this report done! We need you to be focused, so hold yourself together!
4. To be operational or functional. Based on the sounds it's making, I don't think the lawn mower is going to hold together for much longer.
5. To fit together in a logical or sensible manner. I think they're lying because parts of their story just don't hold together.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hold oneself together

Fig. to maintain one's calmness or sanity. I don't know if I can hold myself together through another horrible day like this one. I don't know how she held herself together through all her troubles.
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hold someone or something together

to keep a group of people or things together. She worked at two jobs in order to hold her family together. Our club was failing despite our efforts to hold it together.
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hold something together

to keep the parts of an object together. Hold this broken vase together until I get back with the glue. What can I use to hold this together?
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hold together

[for something] to keep from falling apart. Don't run the engine too fast because it won't hold together. Do you think that this book will hold together much longer?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hold together

v.
1. To keep something from falling apart: The paper clip held together the memos. The rubber band held the manuscript together.
2. To remain functional and whole: I'm surprised that old car is still holding together so well. I hope this computer holds together until I can afford a new one. My family has managed to hold together through some tough times.
3. To maintain one's composure. Used reflexively: Hold yourself together. He held himself together after the accident.
4. To be logically sound: Your explanation doesn't really hold together.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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We are a large family and Stephen was the glue which held us together. We are heartbroken."
has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.'
class="MsoNormalThe glue that held us together is dry, and perhaps, died when some people went to Uhuru Park to take an oath, which we had agreed together was not going to be taken and the situation has been made worse by the handshake and the sneaky manner in which Wetangula was mistreated, Mr Muluka said.
He said dance was "the glue that held us together for years" and added: "We're still the best of friends and have a lot of love and respect for each other."
But he held us together along with the centre-backs and the keeper in the first half.
We should know more of this period for it shaped our heritage, both the specialness of Scotland and what has held us together at a time when that union is under question.
Mam has definitely been the glue that's held us together when we've hit difficult times; she means the world to us all.
"When I was dismissed for 57 he held us together with a fine 70 not out to see us over the line.
"If you were sent to borrow a cup of sugar you always came back with one, and the glue that held us together was poverty and need...
It is a missed opportunity to renew those bonds which held us together in those dark days and which even today might help to strike accord.
Having marched so far up the dissolution road the bonds that have held us together for so long will never again appear quite the same.
These rituals, invented as we lived this sorrow in our lives, held us in peace, held us together, held us - kept us in one piece - while we found the strength to dig down deep and continue on - loving, hoping, dreaming, planning ahead.
Later, the classmates boarded a PAL flight to Bangkok where they stayed for two days for a breather and to "further seal the bond that held us together through 50 years," said Nini Santos Valdez.
"It was a tough game, but I think it was our defense that really held us together," Smythe said.