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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 ?
In the course of a couple hours we reached a fine breezy altitude where the little shepherd huts had big stones all over their roofs to hold them down to the earth when the great storms rage.
Earth up spring cabbages to hold them down better in strong winds and support tall Brussels sprouts with canes.
Our guys did a great job on offense and defense, to hold them down and move the ball like that.
I did have to hold them down until they arrived, but they were only small.
First-year goals for the Free Standards Group Accessibility Workgroup include the adoption of the Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface (AT-SPI), which enables AT tools such as screen readers and magnifiers to query and interact with GUI controls consistently; the development of shared input/output (I/O) for AT devices, to make it possible for devices such as Braille readers and speech synthesizers to operate smoothly with several client applications simultaneously; and the standardization of keyboard accessibility for persons unable to use a keyboard or mouse, incorporating features such as "Sticky Keys" which enable users to press key combinations in sequence rather than requiring users to hold them down simultaneously.
Somehow, our defense kind of got hot and we were able to hold them down.