Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOLDING

“Alack me no alacks,” she interrupted, holding up her riding rod.

She sat between them on a little stool, holding a hand of each.

There was the taking of the sea-rovers, and the holding of the keep against the Jacks.

Sidney was holding the tiny squirrel in warm, protecting hands.

But the Street's conventions were not holding Sidney's thoughts now.

So she found him in the hall, holding a cup of tepid coffee.

Wilson was holding his own, conscious now and making a hard fight.

The grandmother was really standing there, holding the fiddle out to him.

Faust is holding out Lauzanne, and stretched me half a point about the mare.

"Good-by, Miss Winship," he said, holding open the gate for me.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., verbal noun of hold. As a football (soccer) penalty, from 1866. Meaning "property held," especially stock shares, is from 1570s.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.