hold oneself together

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 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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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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