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hold over

1. verb To use knowledge of one's past behavior or misdeeds as a means of leverage or manipulation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "over." I was just a kid when I made that mistake! Just how long do you plan to hold it over my head?
2. verb To temporarily defer or delay something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "over." Hold that project over until I'm able to get some questions answered by the boss.
3. verb To extend the run of something, such as a play or film. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "over." If every show so far has sold out, why not hold the play over a few more days?
4. verb To retain an official in office longer than expected or initially slated. In this usage, the phrase is usually used in a passive construction. The mayor was held over after the election had to be postponed.
5. verb To keep someone or something in place after a change has been made. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "over." Just how long do you plan to hold me over in this position after the merger?
6. noun Someone or something that remains after a change has been made. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word ("holdover"). She's a holdover from before the merger, to help us with the transition.
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hold someone or something over

to retain someone or something (for a period of time). The storm held John over for another day. The manager held over the hit movie for another week.
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hold something over someone('s head)

Fig. to have knowledge of something about a person and to use that knowledge to control the person. So I made a mistake when I was young. Are you going to hold that over my head all my life? Please don't hold that over me anymore.
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hold over

1. Postpone or delay, as in Let's hold this matter over until the next meeting. [Mid-1800s]
2. Keep something in a position or state beyond the normal period, as in The film was to be held over for another week. [First half of 1900s]
3. Continue in office past the normal period, as in The committee chair held over until they could find a suitable replacement. [Mid-1600s]
4. hold something over someone. Have an advantage or use a threat to control someone. For example, They knew he'd been caught shoplifting and were sure to hold it over him. [Second half of 1800s]
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hold over

v.
1. To wield something above someone or something: Hold the flashlight over my head.
2. To postpone or delay something: We held the election over until after vacation. The trip was held over because of the rain.
3. To continue a term of office past the usual length of time. Used chiefly in the passive: The acting governor's term was held over until a successor was elected.
4. To prolong the engagement of something: This show is so popular that they held it over an extra day. The film was held over for weeks.
5. To control someone by threatening to make use of or reveal damaging information: He had no choice but to cooperate with the builders, since they held the legal contract over him. Now that they know my secret, they have something to hold over me.
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Reducing the number of aiming points on a holdover reticle by eliminating portions of the reticle makes a floating point-of-aim much more likely.
When paired with the KH0I8OO BDX rangefinder, it provides holdover data right in the scope.
Caption: The BDX riflescope's R-l digital reticle's holdover dot, wind dots, and cant indicators are orange, which is visible to color-blind shooters.
From the prone position I can ring an eight-inch gong pretty consistently out to 600 yards--provided I'm shooting a super-accurate rifle with a very good load and that I have my holdover reticle or dial-up turret ironed out.
After its expiration a holdover petition is filed with the court.
The same thinking applies to the vertical holdover bars.
It's absolutely imperative that the right level of protection is provided and while Type I fluids most certainly do have a place in the safe and effective ground operations of any airport, they don't offer significant holdover protection, so for larger airports--or those where the time between the fluid being spray-applied and the aircraft actually taking off can be measured in the tens of minutes or even the hour or more--anti-icing via a Type II or Type IV is normally used.
I then put a large piece of cardboard out and shot groups using the center crosshair and the various holdover marks at different magnifications to determine at what ranges the bullet path would intersect the holdover marks.
Conservation groups have been frustrated by continued efforts by Department of Agriculture holdovers from the Bush administration to open roadless areas to the industrial interests that have long coveted them.
He added that the eviction numbers do not represent all the tenants forced to move out, because many leave after a landlord sues to have them removed but before they are evicted through holdover or non-payment cases.
Medical holdover is one program that's receiving raves at Fort Carson, Colo.
The former Beatle said animal testing was "a holdover from the dark age of medical science".
* Holdover mode--the DPLL constantly calculates the average frequency of the locked reference.
After a marrow transplant, however, holdover Langerhans cells can shift transplant-derived T cells into overdrive, causing inflammation and GVHD reactions, such as skin lesions.
The band, particularly with Sheila Escovedo on drums and Revolution holdover Matt Fink on keys, is incredible.