noun Date: 1888 1. something used to fasten an object in place 2. a. an act of holding down b. limit <
agreed to wage-rate hold-downs

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hold-down — (hōldʹdoun ) n. 1. a. The act of holding down. b. A limit or restraint: “Voters want a hold down on the Federal budget” (Newsweek). 2. Something, such as a clamp, used to hold an object in place. * * * …   Universalium

  • Hold down — may refer to: * A pinning hold in grappling. * A hold down is a steel device in structural engineering …   Wikipedia

  • hold down — (something) to succeed in keeping something. He s never been able to hold down a steady job. The film held down second place in the top five movies over the last weekend …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold down — ► hold down informal succeed in keeping (a job). Main Entry: ↑hold …   English terms dictionary

  • hold|down — «HOHLD DOWN», noun. U.S. the prevention of rises or increases so far as possible or convenient; repression: »a holddown on all spending …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold down — index constrain (restrain), dominate, extinguish, subject Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hold down — verb 1. keep (Freq. 1) She manages to hold down two jobs • Hypernyms: ↑retain, ↑hold, ↑keep back, ↑hold back • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold down — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms hold down : present tense I/you/we/they hold down he/she/it holds down present participle holding down past tense held down past participle held down 1) to hold someone who is lying down, so that they cannot… …   English dictionary

  • hold down — 1) PHRASAL VERB: oft with brd neg If you hold down a job or a place in a team, you manage to keep it. [V P n (not pron)] He never could hold down a job... [V P n (not pron)] Constant injury problems had made it tough for him to hold down a… …   English dictionary

  • hold down — /ˌhəυld daυn/ verb 1. to keep at a low level ● We are cutting margins to hold our prices down. 2. ♦ to hold down a job to manage to do a difficult job ▪▪▪ ‘…real wages have been held down; they have risen at an annual rate of only 1% in the last… …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • hold down — 1) they will hold down inflation Syn: keep down, keep low, freeze, fix 2) informal she held down two jobs Syn: occupy, have, do, fill 3) the people can be held down only so long …   Thesaurus of popular words

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