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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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hold someone or something together

to keep a group of people or things together. She worked at two jobs in order to hold her family together. Our club was failing despite our efforts to hold it together.
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hold something together

to keep the parts of an object together. Hold this broken vase together until I get back with the glue. What can I use to hold this together?
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hold together

[for something] to keep from falling apart. Don't run the engine too fast because it won't hold together. Do you think that this book will hold together much longer?
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hold together

1. To keep something from falling apart: The paper clip held together the memos. The rubber band held the manuscript together.
2. To remain functional and whole: I'm surprised that old car is still holding together so well. I hope this computer holds together until I can afford a new one. My family has managed to hold together through some tough times.
3. To maintain one's composure. Used reflexively: Hold yourself together. He held himself together after the accident.
4. To be logically sound: Your explanation doesn't really hold together.
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A babyhood illness in the most loving environment will leave a Hold Together scar if it registers in the body-mind as a threat to existence.
There is a transcendent quality to many Hold Together personalities, as if they have never quite become part this world.
Integrity and depth are also characteristic qualities in the Hold Together personality.
This is the germ of the perfectionism that characterizes much Hold Together behaviour at work.
Other irritating Hold Together behaviours make sense within this formative context.
But the overwhelming message of the Hold Together crucible is the denial of a right to exist.
My feelings threaten my life is an assumption that has a real base in Hold Together history.
Ultimately what heals the Hold Together wound is the acknowledgement and release of deeply held fear and fury, along with the acceptance of the early loss of warmth and welcome through the experience and expression of grief.
The artful management of the Hold Together personality
In summary, the artfully managed Hold Together will be a resource of creativity, commitment, honesty and loyalty.
Hold Togethers are committed and hard working and because of this they get promoted.
Pressure brings out the best in many personalities, but it is not good for Hold Togethers. Sudden changes and emergencies or multiple responsibilities can be shattering.
I am sure in another age it was Hold Togethers who stubbornly died at the stake for their beliefs!
As Hold Togethers grow and heal, they become more full bodied, relaxed and emotionally responsive, but the quality of fragility and other worldliness can always be sensed [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 5 OMITTED].