Definition of holdover noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhəʊldəʊvə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊldoʊvər//
(North American English)
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a person who keeps a position of power, for example somebody who had a particular position in one administration and who still has it in the next
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: holdover