hold to (something)

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hold to (something)

1. To expect or encourage one to uphold something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "to." You said you'd be home by 10, and I'm holding you to your word. A: "Next time, I'll buy you lunch." B: "I'm going to hold you to that!"
2. To uphold or maintain something. Of course she'll hold to her convictions—have you ever known your sister to change her mind?
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hold someone to something

Fig. to make someone adhere to an agreement. You promised me that you would buy six of them, and I'm going to hold you to your promise. It was difficult, but he held himself to the terms of the contract.
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hold to

Remain loyal or faithful to, abide by, as in She held to her resolutions, or He held to his view that the interest rate should be lowered. [c. 1200] Also see stick by; stick to.
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hold to

v.
1. To place something close to something else: He held a finger to his lips.
2. To expect someone to adhere to some agreement or promise: I'll hold you to your word.
3. To remain loyal or faithful to something: She held to her resolutions.
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References in classic literature ?
``It is sad enough,'' replied Athelstane; ``but I trust they will hold us to a moderate ransom At any rate it cannot be their purpose to starve us outright; and yet, although it is high noon, I see no preparations for serving dinner.
If there's one cookbook that can hold us to our healthy-eating resolution this year, it's Greens + Grains: Recipes for Deliciously Healthful Meals (Chronicle, 2014; $20).
"We do some unusual things to make time for our sport," says Anne Strong, a senior, "but the curriculum is still very demanding and the teachers hold us to it."
Our customers hold us to a high standard, so the standards we place on our shipping company are just as high.
Javert is a man who would be comfortable with the Personal Responsibility Act restricting welfare, who would see no crime in our retreat from the social ties or obligations that hold us to the poor, the mushrooming growth of private police forces, or the scaremonger marketing of all sorts of security systems aimed at transforming our homes and public spaces into impregnable fortresses.