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hold down

1. To physically restrain someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "down." I hate getting shots so much that a nurse usually has to hold me down.
2. To maintain something, often a job. He's never been able to hold down a job, so he'll probably be fired within a week.
3. To limit something. Can you please get the kids to hold down the screaming while I'm on the phone?
4. To be able to digest food without vomiting. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "down." I'm surprised that I was able to hold down that disgusting dinner.
See also: down, hold

hold down

1. Also, keep down. Limit, restrain, as in Please hold down the noise. [First half of 1500s] Also see keep down.
2. Work at or discharge one's duties satisfactorily, as in He managed to hold down two jobs at the same time. [Colloquial; 1800s]
See also: down, hold

hold down

v.
1. To push down on something to prevent it from moving or shifting: Hold down the rug while we move the furniture. I held the clothes down so the suitcase would close.
2. To prevent someone or something from advancing: Once that team gets going, you can't hold them down. Don't hold down everyone else just because you're tired.
3. To limit the amount or level of something: Please hold the noise down. Hold down the music.
4. To keep a job for an extended period of time: My cousin can't seem to hold down a job for more than a few months. If I could hold a job down, I wouldn't be broke.
5. To digest food successfully: I'm so sick, I haven't been able to hold down anything. If you eat slowly, maybe you can hold your food down.
See also: down, hold
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Among the temporary factors, the sizable declines in the prices of oil, other internationally traded commodities, and other imports contributed directly to holding down inflation last year and also indirectly by reducing inflation expectations.
Also, the company offers free mail-in energy audits to assist residential customers in holding down their electric costs.
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On issue handling, the Democrats win on making prescription drugs affordable (53%-25%), improving education (49%-34%), holding down federal spending (43%-38%), strengthening Social Security (49%-34%), creating jobs (48%-37%), and for the middle class (55%-33%).
You may want to bypass the automatic opening of the Main form and instead access the Database window simply by holding down the Shift key and double-clicking the file in Windows Explorer, which you can launch from your desktop toolbar.
In the face of mounting estimates of the costs of bank failures, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has raised deposit insurance premiums and has asked the Congress for additional borrowing authority to close capital-deficient banks more quickly, thereby holding down the costs of resolutions.
According to the Business Owners, President Bush will do a better job than Senator Kerry at Creating Jobs, Holding Down Inflation, Reducing Deficit Spending, Appointing a new Federal Reserve Board Chief, Controlling Healthcare Costs and Improving the Balance of Trade.
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There is now a unique opportunity to provide affordable coverage to doctors with a fresh approach to holding down overhead and legal defense expenses," explains Cassity, "PLICA has a superior legal team in place to provide quality defense and monitor legal expenses".
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MMI's "TechPartners Managed Services" and eBusiness Toolkits will allow SMBs to improve their online Internet presence while holding down costs.
The high gas-in-storage levels are still the major market influence, holding down current and even forward prices for summer gas," Murry said.