hold it together

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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