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held down

[ hohld ]SEE DEFINITION OF held down

Synonyms for held down

  • calmed
  • censored
  • gagged
  • muted
  • repressed
  • restrained
  • restricted
  • stilled
  • subdued
  • suppressed
  • held back
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HELD DOWN

He said nothing in reply at first, but held down his head, and struggled with him silently.

It was the truth; John could not deny it; he held down his head and was silent.

Her head was held down and there was a little nervous tremor at her heart.

Roma's eyes were held down, her voice was agitated, she was scarcely able to speak.

These nuts should be turned up so that the battery is held down tight.

Gerald held down his head and muttered a half audible 'Yes.'

He held down the stun-pistol trigger and traversed the rushing men.

Julia was the only one who was held down to regular hours of practising, but they all played.

They said I chattered and screamed, and had to be held down in the bed.

He arrives there because he cannot be held down and remains as long as he proves his worth.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English haldan (Anglian), healdan (West Saxon), "to contain, grasp; retain; foster, cherish," class VII strong verb (past tense heold, past participle healden), from Proto-Germanic *haldanan (cf. Old Saxon haldan, Old Frisian halda, Old Norse halda, Dutch houden, German halten "to hold," Gothic haldan "to tend"), originally "to keep, tend, watch over" (as cattle), later "to have." Ancestral sense is preserved in behold. The original past participle holden was replaced by held beginning 16c., but survives in some legal jargon and in beholden.

Hold back is 1530s, transitive; 1570s, intransitive; hold off is early 15c., transitive; c.1600, intransitive; hold out is 1520s as "to stretch forth," 1580s as "to resist pressure." Hold on is early 13c. as "to maintain one’s course," 1830 as "to keep one’s grip on something," 1846 as an order to wait or stop. To hold (one's) tongue "be silent" is from c.1300. To hold (one's) own is from early 14c. To hold (someone's) hand "give moral support" is from 1935. Phrase hold your horses "be patient" is from 1844. To have and to hold have been paired alliteratively since at least c.1200, originally of marriage but also of real estate.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HELD DOWN

silenced

adjectivequieted
  • calmed
  • censored
  • gagged
  • held back
  • held down
  • muted
  • repressed
  • restrained
  • restricted
  • stilled
  • subdued
  • suppressed
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