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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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When it comes to dealing with people instead of ideas, the Hold Together enters his area of difficulty.
And with the initiation of each reversal it becomes increasingly apparent that all myths, even those which hold together language, are constructed and, therefore, deconstructible.
To keep the pattern thin but able to hold together under its own weight, a webbing system was devised which served as pattern reinforcement, metal gating system and finished casting internal support system.
That's another hint that the gravity is sufficient to hold together the comet as a loose agglomeration of particles.
He also was able to hold together his own church, riven along many of the same left-right divisions that plague so much of society.
Ligaments (tough bands of tissue) normally hold together the bones in joints like your elbow.
Let's hope that the Anglican Communion can hold together until that knowledge has had time to penetrate.
Nonetheless, as the pilot advanced power for launch he wondered if the Skyraider would hold together while absorbing such anticipated force.
They create a family that cannot hold together for obvious reasons, but their time together gives each of them something they would never have thought to look for in each other.
Scotchshield, the first window security film designed to hold together broken glass, was invented by 3M in the 1960s.