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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.
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hold the fort, to

To keep things going until further support arrives. The expression comes, as might be suspected, from a literal military order. It has been traced to one given by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864, during the American Civil War, to Gen. John M. Corse at Allatoona. Corse was told to give up so as to avoid unnecessary bloodshed, but he refused, saying he had received an order from Sherman saying, “Hold the fort at all costs, for I am coming.” Records show that the actual words had been, “Hold out, relief is coming,” but fort is what caught on and was further popularized when it was made the refrain of a gospel song by Philip Paul Bliss.
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References in classic literature ?
He immediately sent a copy of Bell's patent to every agent, with orders to hold the fort against all opposition.
This is due to various factors, including work FOMO (fear of missing out), bosses that refuse to grant leave, mistrust in colleagues' ability to hold the fort, and immense volume of work that deems it nearly impossible to plan a holiday.
While our bowlers tried to hold the fort, the batsmen had given up on winning completely.
In pursuit of his bid, the chief is said to have sidelined stool elders and given a power of attorney to his nephew, one Amankwa Kesse, to hold the fort as he is indisposed and also to represent him in the legal tussle with the Traditional Council since a year ago.
Left to hold the fort, Demelza has to deal with the fallout.
However, they have been instructed to hold the fort in order to have all the tasks completed before the end of tenure.They said the ban was linked to the tenure of the government so as to allow the caretaker setup decide its own course of action.
They had been suspended two weeks ago over accusations of "working with the governor's enemies".In the meantime, the governor has appointed Lands executive Charles Kerich acting executive for Finance to hold the fort pending Mr Munene's approval by the assembly.
I'd argue he has simply been a very good midfielder in good attacking teams but, when the onus has been on him to hold the fort against teams that are better, he has a tendency to be swallowed up a bit, simply by the fact he has never been the quickest and, in recent years, has been getting on a bit.
The 33-year-old will provide the veteran presence for the hungry upstarts, as he will be tasked to hold the fort in the paint while also infusing the much-needed outside sniping.
PHIL NEVILLE is helping to hold the fort at Spanish club Valencia following the resignation of Nuno Espirito Santo.
Shiels said: "I had discussions with the chairman Michael Johnston last week and I've been informed to hold the fort and see how things go.
"Our drummer Kris lives in Brisbane and he stayed in his house to hold the fort while his wife and kids evacuated.
CORONATION STREET: Leanne and Blanche agree to hold the fort at the bookies while Peter is in rehab, while Ken strikes up a friendship with Martha Fraser (Stephanie Beacham), an amateur actress who asks him for help with her lines in a local production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
It is up to them to hold the fort, to remind the whole country that America used to believe in academic freedom, to serve as beacons showing the way to a better and saner future.
Alex Ferguson - absent due to a family bereavement - had left his acting No.2 Jim Ryan to hold the fort and he had a nightmare.