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hold court

To be surrounded by (a lot of) people, typically supporters, admirers, or subordinates, and have their full attention. My father was considered one of the leaders in his small town, and he would often hold court with people from the community in our kitchen. The manager makes a point of holding court in the board room once a week to make sure everyone is on the same page.
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hold court

Be surrounded by and command the attention of admirers, subordinates, or hangers-on. For example, After a match Judy generally held court in the locker room. This expression alludes to royalty convening courtiers as well as a judge convening a court of law.
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hold court

COMMON If you hold court, you are surrounded by people who listen to what you say because they consider you interesting or important. Ray, as ever, was holding court at the end of the table. She used to hold court in the college canteen, surrounded by a crowd of admirers. Note: This expression is often used to suggest that the person holding court is rather self-important and does not deserve this attention and admiration. Note: `Court' in this expression refers to the court of a king or queen.
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hold court

be the centre of attention amidst a crowd of your admirers.
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hold ˈcourt

(often ironic) be the centre of attention in a group of people who find what you say interesting and amusing: There was Professor Johnson, holding court as usual in the students’ coffee bar.
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Jason Morris, racecourse manager at the Curragh, said: "We are delighted Holding Court is coming over and that the owners have taken this sporting attitude.
Philip Robinson, who rides Holding Court, is relishing the prospect of taking on Sinndar.
The going was very soft when Holding Court slammed Lord Flasheart by six lengths in the Prix du Jockey-Club.
Holding Court won a handicap at Haydock before taking the Prix La Force at Longchamp last month.
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But trainer Michael Jarvis has warned that firm ground may prevent Holding Court from taking part in the Irish Derby.
The Budweiser Irish Derby is now on the cards for Holding Court but it would cost IRpounds 85,000 to supplement the colt for the Curragh Classic.
Holding Court (Philip Robinson) maintains a strong gallop to deny Marienbard (Frankie Dettori) at Deauville
Like Sinndar, French Derby winner Holding Court, is chasing the Budweiser bonus bundle of dollars and it has cost his connections IRpounds 85,000 just to buy a ticket to enter the raffle.
No, it's Oliver Stone's ``Alexander,'' with Colin Farrell, in dark toga, holding court as the title character in the historical epic.
Success in the 12-furlong race, sponsored by Pearl and Coutts, came at the expense of last year's winner Little Rock, with 2000 French Derby winner Holding Court rallying in third after setting a strong gallop.
Derby winners Sinndar (English) and Holding Court (French) are both in line for the bonus if they can complete the double on Sunday.
ARCADIA - Bob Baffert, holding court in the Santa Anita winner's circle Sunday, turned philosophical for a moment.
Last year's Prix du Jockey-Club winner, Holding Court, is more likely to run in the Hardwicke than the Prince of Wales's Stakes two days earlier.
Holding Court, runaway winner of the Prix Du Jockey Club at Chantilly, was supplemented to the race yesterday at a cost of pounds 85,000 and will do battle with Epsom Derby victor Sinndar in search of a $1m.