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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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He said the Comelec also junked the idea of a holdover capacity for the incumbent members of the SK council.
It's 1986 and Jack (Day-Lewis) and 16-year-old Rose (Camilla Belle) are living on a remote East Coast island, the only holdovers from a utopian commune.
The Campbell Hall holdovers from that team couldn't help but remember all the trash-talking and strutting Garces did that night, and they used that bitter memory to fuel an 80-45 rout of Garces Thursday.
Once the players took the court for pregame warmups, the fans were unanimous in their support of the new-look Lakers, a team with only six holdovers from last season's star-studded cast.
The strongest holdovers in the top 10 over Labor Day weekend were Disney's ``The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,'' DreamWorks' ``Collateral'' and Universal's ``The Bourne Supremacy.
The bigger factor will be if holdovers such as Dickey and Drese can join the ageless Kenny Rogers (7-2) to give the Rangers a semblance of consistency in their unlikely bid to contend.
Much of the impact to anglers will come later in the fishing season because many of the Alpers caught on opening day are holdovers.
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In addition to reviewing the residency of commissioners, Martinez said the review - expected later this week - will include the number of commissioners appointed by Hahn as well as those that are holdovers from former Mayor Richard Riordan.
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With Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone all sidelined indefinitely by injuries, George figured to become the Lakers' second option on offense after Gary Payton, the two being the only holdovers in the starting lineup.