Definition of hold down phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


hold down

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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to prevent somebody from moving, using force It took three men to hold him down.
  2. 2to prevent somebody from having their freedom or rights The people are held down by a repressive regime.
  1. 1to keep something at a low level The rate of inflation must be held down.
  2. 2[no passive] to keep a job for some time He was unable to hold down a job after his breakdown.
  3. 3[no passive] (North American English, informal) to limit something, especially a noise Hold it down, will you? I'm trying to sleep!
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