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hold (down) the fort

To maintain the proper functioning or order of some situation or place, typically during someone's absence. Don't worry, boss, I'll hold down the fort while you're away.
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hold the fort

Fig. to take care of a place while someone who is usually there is gone, such as a store or one's home. (From western movies.) I'm going next door to visit Mrs. Jones. You stay here and hold the fort. You should open the store at eight o'clock and hold the fort until I get there at ten.
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hold the fort

Assume responsibility, especially in another's absence; also, maintain a secure position. For example, Harry did a good job of holding the fort until his boss recovered, or Can you hold the fort in the kitchen? This expression has been traced to an order given by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864, which was repeated as "Hold the fort [against the enemy at Allatoona] at all costs, for I am coming."
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hold the fort

mainly BRITISH or

hold down the fort

AMERICAN
If you hold the fort for someone, you look after things for them while they are somewhere else. Her husband holds the fort at their Norfolk home during the week. You can hold down the fort here. I shouldn't be too long.
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hold the fort

take responsibility for a situation while someone is absent.
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hold the ˈfort

(British English) (American English hold down the ˈfort) (informal) be in charge or taking care of something while the person usually responsible is not there: I’m going abroad for a few weeks, and Kathy will hold the fort while I’m away.
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hold the fort

tv. to remain behind and take care of things. I left John there to hold the fort.
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hold the fort

Informal
1. To assume responsibility, especially in another's absence.
2. To maintain a secure position.
See also: fort, hold
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When your supervisors or managers come back, make sure that you get to give credit to your team members for holding down the fort.
Instead, she'll be busy holding down the fort in Winterfell while Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is out galavanting with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
Deployments are not necessarily safe, so not only are you holding down the fort on this end, but you're worrying, and you're doing your best to try and communicate with your partner, but it's not always possible.
The very next day, I could provide dental care for that Airman's spouse, who is now charged with holding down the fort as he or she waits for the Airman's safe return.
Bucker's rigid 4-3-3 formation, relies heavily on the two, as an early goal for Lebanon, will see the shape of the team instantly reverted to a 4-5-1 with Najjarine and Mohammad the lynchpins for holding down the fort.
In La Plata, Becky and their two children, Katie, 9, and Gavin, 5, are holding down the fort.
Kourtney Kardashian of the reality show The Kardashians had a baby as an "unwed mother" - a stigmatizing term that has gone out of fashion - and is depicted as bravely holding down the fort and staying up all night with feedings as the child's irresponsible father parties.
Following the session, Black actively praised the quality of FEI's membership, by saying: "One of the things I've always appreciated about FEI is that the group does not come up here [Capitol Hill] looking for academic fuzzy issues--they're too busy holding down the fort to play politics .
With partners out of town for months at a time, many people find themselves holding down the fort and trying to nurture long-distance relationships.
With Cable and others holding down the fort, Landfield would be able to take some time away to recharge his batteries, he said.
However, the company's chief racing manager, Bob Rowe, is holding down the fort in his own inimitable manner and taking a leading role.
Procrastination got the better of him, though, much to the disgust of the President, and he dilly-dallied for a year before taking on his post as governor, Territory Secretary, Frederick Bates holding down the fort for him.
He's a military doctor, and he has extended his deployment, which puts added pressure on my character's role of his wife at home holding down the fort with children," she says.
Those of us who live close enough to walk home are holding down the fort and answering the phones for another hour.