hold down

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hold down

1. To physically restrain someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "down." I hate getting shots so much that a nurse usually has to hold me down.
2. To maintain something, often a job. He's never been able to hold down a job, so he'll probably be fired within a week.
3. To limit something. Can you please get the kids to hold down the screaming while I'm on the phone?
4. To be able to digest food without vomiting. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "down." I'm surprised that I was able to hold down that disgusting dinner.
See also: down, hold

hold down

1. Also, keep down. Limit, restrain, as in Please hold down the noise. [First half of 1500s] Also see keep down.
2. Work at or discharge one's duties satisfactorily, as in He managed to hold down two jobs at the same time. [Colloquial; 1800s]
See also: down, hold

hold down

v.
1. To push down on something to prevent it from moving or shifting: Hold down the rug while we move the furniture. I held the clothes down so the suitcase would close.
2. To prevent someone or something from advancing: Once that team gets going, you can't hold them down. Don't hold down everyone else just because you're tired.
3. To limit the amount or level of something: Please hold the noise down. Hold down the music.
4. To keep a job for an extended period of time: My cousin can't seem to hold down a job for more than a few months. If I could hold a job down, I wouldn't be broke.
5. To digest food successfully: I'm so sick, I haven't been able to hold down anything. If you eat slowly, maybe you can hold your food down.
See also: down, hold
References in classic literature ?
Everything reached out to hold him down - his sister, his sister's house and family, Jim the apprentice, everybody he knew, every tie of life.
I twined my arms and legs around him and strove to hold him down.
The suspects would monitor the victim and would kick and hold him down, before disappearing into the crowd," said Brigadier Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai Police.
And Holloway joked they had to hold him down because he hates jabs.
We knew they were going to put up shots and we just couldn't hold him down.
The arrestee stopped breathing and died after officers sprayed him with pepper spray, placed him face down on the pavement to handcuff him, placed a shin across his back to hold him down, and placed him on his stomach in the back of a patrol car to transport him to the jail.
The 36-year-old armed raider and rapist struggled so fiercely it took five guards to hold him down before he could be given a lethal injection.
Not that Farmar, who was clearly frustrated by the suffocating defense, let the Vikings hold him down.
Three of (the neighbors) had him and they still couldn't hold him down,'' said Asael Gonzalez Jr.
Returning to work the next morning, they found nothing but eight wires used to hold him down.
He's a great player and I'm going to have to do something to hold him down.