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hold the floor

To control the space or platform in which one speaks to or in front of others. The Senate Minority Leader held the floor in support of the immigration bill for nearly eight hours yesterday. Tom is holding the floor right now; you'll have your turn to respond after he's finished.
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ˌhold the ˈfloor

speak at a public meeting, etc. for a long time, often stopping others from speaking: The American delegation held the floor for three quarters of an hour, putting forward their proposals.
See also: floor, hold
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Speakers, holding the floor in panel, told that number of Azerbaijani prisoners were 4700 in Nagorno Karabagh.
The only thing holding the floor up was the linoleum floor covering.
The bridge-like structures holding the floor, wall and ceiling of the new convention space will eventually provide a new entrance from the Morphett Street Bridge.
Holding the floor for 300 pages is a possibility in this new medium, but it's not what the medium is designed for.
I can't for the life of me picture him holding the floor of the Bok dressing room in the super-charged final moments before kick-off.
Holding the floor allows each person to control the document sharing and allows each to speak without waiting to be granted the floor.
Holding the floor are his parents (Suttipong Tudpitakkul, Nipawan Taweepornsawan), who send their son to boarding school, dropping him off without so much as a goodbye hug.
First, a critical column supporting the floor, built about three feet (one meter) off the ground, was taken away, leaving just the cables holding the floor up.
A traditional fiddle player may be holding the floor in one bar, while a Dixieland jazz band is blowing strong in the pub around the corner.
com's mole claims representatives of Liquid Audio, Aris and MusicMaker were peremptorily escorted from the room, leaving anti-MP3 advocates like Lucent, Microsoft and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) holding the floor.
More and more frequently, senators are forgoing the traditional practice of personally holding the floor to delay a vote.