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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

v.
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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In its Eid-el-Kabir message, the President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the congress believes that 'this Eid-el-Kabir has come at a time of great challenges, both economic and social, challenges that threaten our common bond and values that hold us together.
When the forces that divide us prevail over those that hold us together, who now would rally to the cause of a "United Kingdom"?
For instance, the sorrowful has a way of burying us more deeply into sorrow, from dark to darker, intensifying itself as it unravels the things that hold us together. When we lose our way in the dark, we also lose our memory of the joyful and the glorious even if these are still very much embedded in our lives.
But the compassion and grace this small nation brings out among its people in times like these could show the rest of us how to respond like human beings when values that hold us together are directly assaulted.
Both exploit grievances, distort the truth, and undermine the values that hold us together.
Chris Schindler, Habitat executive director, and Alex Dewane, construction assistant, led singing of "Hold Us Together."
"They gave the best possible immediate response to those who seek to divide us and it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together."
And it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together." Dave Haslam, former DJ at Manchester's once-legendary Hacienda nightclub, tweeted: "You've got the wrong city if you think hate will tear us apart." Police on Tuesday named 22-year-old Salman Abedi - reportedly British-born of Libyan descent - as the suspect behind a suicide bombing.
They hold us together, even when there's not much substance in common.
"That was a really difficult situation because we had a manager, Babis Tennes, who didn't hold us together.
Let's strengthen the many underlying factors that bind and hold us together as one people.
Oh God Almighty hold us together in the service of the family, the community, the Church and Fatherland Amen, Rahi concluded.
The first play of the Lyceum's 2015 season is a small but hard–hitting gem, a story that tells with captivating power of faith, love, belief and the imaginary bonds that hold us together or push us apart.
It was also a chance to reflect on the bonds which hold us together - in the United Kingdom of course, but also within the Commonwealth.
The EU, whatever its faults, helps hold us together in peace.