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hold to (something)

1. To expect or encourage one to uphold something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "to." You said you'd be home by 10, and I'm holding you to your word. A: "Next time, I'll buy you lunch." B: "I'm going to hold you to that!"
2. To uphold or maintain something. Of course she'll hold to her convictions—have you ever known your sister to change her mind?
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hold someone to something

Fig. to make someone adhere to an agreement. You promised me that you would buy six of them, and I'm going to hold you to your promise. It was difficult, but he held himself to the terms of the contract.
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hold to

Remain loyal or faithful to, abide by, as in She held to her resolutions, or He held to his view that the interest rate should be lowered. [c. 1200] Also see stick by; stick to.
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hold to

v.
1. To place something close to something else: He held a finger to his lips.
2. To expect someone to adhere to some agreement or promise: I'll hold you to your word.
3. To remain loyal or faithful to something: She held to her resolutions.
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References in classic literature ?
Presently, I found I was holding to a spar, which helped me somewhat.
This was in answer to a quick impatient movement on the part of Gaffer: the speaker at the same time unshipping his scull on that side, and laying his hand on the gunwale of Gaffer's boat and holding to it.
As he was thus speaking, he had risen from bed with great difficulty, holding to my shoulder with a grip that almost made me cry out, and moving his legs like so much dead weight.
Under this strategy, if Target pays interest expenses to Holding that matches or almost matches the interest expense paid by Holding to third parties, the operating income of Target should be effectively sheltered.
The merger and financial restructuring will result in the conversion of all of the outstanding debt and equity securities of Holding to common stock of EMJ and/or cash.
I look forward to leading Jostens Holding to a strong future through focusing on the continued growth of Jostens, Von Hoffmann and ARCADE as a combined enterprise and working to identify acquisitions of businesses that will complement the services we offer.
The principal effect of the financial restructuring will be to convert all outstanding debt and equity securities of Holding to common stock of EMJ.