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hold in

1. Literally, to flatten one's stomach so that it is less noticeable or protruding. This can be achieved by one physically pulling or sucking in their stomach, or by using shapewear that pushes and holds the stomach in. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "in." Here, put this girdle on—it'll hold in your stomach. I can't hold my stomach in all night, so I better wear a less clingy dress.
2. To not share, release, or reveal one's emotions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "in." I wanted to hold my tears in at the funeral, but I found myself blubbering in no time. I knew Angela was going through a tough time, so I really tried to hold in my happiness while I was with her.
See also: hold

hold something in

 and keep something in 
1. and hold something inside ((of) one(self)); keep something inside ((of) one(self)) Fig. to keep one's emotions inside oneself. You really shouldn't hold those feelings inside of you. I have kept all this inside myself too long. You shouldn't hold in all that anger.
2. Lit. to hold in one's stomach, gut, belly, etc. Hold your belly in so you don't look like a blimp. Hold in your stomach.
See also: hold
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